It’s an eternal question plaguing Canadian elections: Will the youth show up?
They’re the next biggest demographic after the baby boomers and they don’t like to vote.
But while young adult turnout has been terrible in recent years, there are signs that might be changing.
Part of that is a push underway to get young more young people involved.
UBC Professor Max Cameron says Elections Canada polling stations on college campuses look to be helping already.
“What I hear is there are long lineups for these popup polls Elections Canada is running, at UBC and other places, so it could be in this election that we’ll see a bit of an improvement in turnout.”
Cameron says it’s an uphill battle but one that could decide the election.
“About 60 percent of the people between 18 and 24 in the last federal election didn’t bother to vote, and that’s hundreds of thousands of votes, so it could be transformative, there’s no question.”
Other campaigns like the “Imagine October 20th” have recruited popular bands to try and engage young voters.
In 2011, less than 39% of voters under 25 showed up and turnout was only 45% for the 25-to-34 age range.
Statistics Canada released a report this week showing nearly two thirds of youth 20-24 want to vote.