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P.E.I. students to cast ballots in provincial Student Vote campaign

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Even though they are under the voting age, more than 6,000 elementary, intermediate and high school students from across the province will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Students will also cast ballots on the electoral reform referendum after learning about both sides of the referendum question.

A total of 48 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote P.E.I. 2019, representing 26 of 27 provincial electoral districts.

On or before April 23, students will take on the roles of election officials and co-ordinate the voting process for their peers. CIVIX will tabulate the results and release them publicly following the close of polls on April 23 (7 p.m.).

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom. It empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process and debate important issues facing the province.

This year’s program included a focus on developing news literacy skills in the digital age.

The integration of NewsWise resources, encouraged students to learn how to fact-check online information, assess the credibility of sources and become more critical consumers of information.

The Student Vote project for the 2019 provincial election was made possible by Elections P.E.I. and the government of Canada. For information, visit studentvote.ca/pei2019/.

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