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Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

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Let’s engage the vote SFU!

May 04, 2017

Did you know that Simon Fraser University had one of the highest voter turnouts of any Canadian university in the last federal election?

In 2015, SFU partnered with Elections Canada in a pilot project to host pop-up voting stations on our Burnaby Campus. Of all Canadian universities that participated in the project, SFU had the highest voter turnout. Talk about an engaged university!

I am hoping this same spirit of engagement will carry over to the provincial election, and will result in a large number of SFU ballots being cast on or before May 9.

Polling stations are again available on Burnaby Campus:

  • You can advance vote in Blusson Hall May 3 – 6 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • You can vote in the Academic Quadrangle (south concourse) on Election Day (May 9) from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Eligible voters can vote at any advance or election day voting place, so long as you know the name of your constituency and candidates.

Whether you vote on campus or closer to home, everything you need to know is online at: http://elections.bc.ca/2017-general-election/where-to-vote/

You can also consult the CBC’s online guide to BC Electoral Districts to learn more about your home constituency.

Young people, many of whom are university students, have a lot at stake in this election on matters ranging from education, transportation and housing, to jobs, the environment and health care. 

Thankfully, youth voter turnout has been on the rise in recent years. In the 2015 federal election, the participation of voters aged 18 to 24 increased to 57.1% from 38.8% in 2011. Provincially, the number rose to 48% in 2013 from 31% in 2009.   

You can help add to this trend by casting your ballot on May 9 – or sooner.

Vote as though your future depends on it. Because it does.