The next provincial election being held on April 23 is about to get interesting. University students from across Alberta are pledging to vote, and with over 10,000 students already signed up, they are going to make in difference in this campaign.
“It has been an extraordinary campaign so far, and we are just getting started,” said Zack Moline, President at the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union and chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS). “Over the next four weeks we are going to sign up thousands more and do our best to make sure those voters come out and are heard on April 23.”
Voter turnout was at a record low last election and the Get Out The Vote campaign hopes to change that. Students’ Unions from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge are getting students to pledge to vote and will be contacting them on election day to make sure they get to the polls. The non-partisan campaign is focusing on empowering individual students to exercize their right to vote and not endorsing parties, positions, or individual candidates.
Over 70,000 students attend the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge, and together they can make a big difference in ridings across Alberta come election night. In the first competitive election in a generation, students want to make sure that their voice is heard.
“There is so much at stake in this election for students, given the high costs of education in Alberta and our low participation rate and it is so exciting to see students wanting to make sure they are heard,” added Farid Iskandar, VP External at the University of Alberta Students’ Union and vice-chair of the Council of Alberta University Students. “We are happy to be helping ensure students know their rights and are able to cast a ballot and come April 23 we know students are going to be heard.”