B.C. universities are reporting huge success of an Elections Canada pilot project for pop-up voting stations on campus.
It’s the last day students at four B.C. universities can take advantage of casting a ballot on campus.
The pop-up voting locations at UBC, SFU, UVIC and BCIT are a new Elections Canada initiative to encourage the student vote.
Dylan Smith, president of the BCIT Student Association, says it’s the first time students can cast a ballot on campus, and it counts towards their home riding.
“I know of a couple of students, this is their first time voting in a federal election, and voting and this one primarily because it’s so convenient that there is a place to vote on campus.”
Kathleen Yang with the SFU Student Society says students can register and vote within 10 minutes for a candidate in their home riding.
“I think it’s just the accessibility that has made pop-up voting so attractive to students. It’s just really easy to vote, regardless of where you live you can go and vote, you don’t have to worry about going to the right constituency office or polling station, you just go cast your ballot, and you get back to your day.”
Advanced voting kicks off tomorrow until Thanksgiving Monday, with polls open from noon to 8 p.m.
Click here to locate the pop-up voting stations.
Click here to find your riding.