As part of ongoing discussions in many of our classrooms, RHS students have been engaging in the issues, the candidates, the political parties and their platforms for the upcoming BC provincial election. While voter turnout in the 2017 election was the highest since 2009, only 61.2% of British Columbians who were eligible to vote participated in the last election. In 2009, voter turnout in BC was an all-time low of 55.4%.
Voter turnout among young voters aged 18 to 24 has improved over the years, but is still one of the lowest. In a healthy democracy, citizens are engaged and thoughtful about important issues and actively participate in elections by voting. At Richmond Secondary School, we have participated in all of the recent Student Vote campaigns to help educate our students and to encourage them to vote using real/replica ballots for actual candidates in our local constituency. Hopefully students will learn from these experiences and choose to vote in elections once they are eligible in the near future.
RHS students can vote for the RICHMOND SOUTH CENTRE provincial candidate and political party of their choice on October 19-22. We will publish our school results just after the October 24 election.
Learn more at: https://studentvote.ca/bc/