September 26th, 2018

Local students vote this week

By Tim Kalinowski on October 12, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

Nearly two dozen schools across the city and region will be taking part in a student vote Thursday and Friday this week for local the municipal election.

Ciara Schauerte, a Grade 9 teacher organizing the vote for Alexandra Middle School, felt it was important for students to become engaged in local politics at a younger age.

“They are the leaders of tomorrow,” she says. “Finding out about the election process is a huge part of the Canadian identity, and it is a huge part of their roles and responsibilities as Canadian citizens. Finding about it now is going to inform all their decision later on in life.”

Municipal elections have historically had a lower voter turnout than other kinds of elections in Medicine Hat, but Schauerte says her students have become more interested in this election after learning about local candidates running who live and work in the community.

“We have been focusing a lot on the mayoral candidates and councillors,” says Schauerte. “Looking at each individual, and what they are bringing to the table. And there are lots of personal connections. Many of our students know a lot of these candidates on a personal level. Making these connections in the community has been really interesting for them.”

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