Canada election: Lack of on campus polling raises concerns about youth voter turnout drop

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Chuk Odenigbo didn’t pay attention to federal politics until he decided to vote for the first time in the 2019 election. The 29-year-old, who is pursuing a PhD degree in medical geography at Ottawa University, said he didn’t see how the policies of the federal government could directly affect his life before the Ontario government cut funding for services for francophone people and the federal government stepped in to provide the money. “I sort of realized, ‘Oh, I see, the federal government, having a good strong government really sort of ensures that our province is limited in its ability to trample on certain people’s rights,”’ he said. “Many Canadians, myself included, born and raised in Canada, don’t really understand how our government functions,” he said… The turnout of those 18 to 24 years old surged to 57 per cent in the 2015 election compared to less than 39 per cent in 2011. But the youth turnout rate fell by 3.2 percentage points in 2019, raising concerns that it might drop even more this year, especially after Elections Canada decided not to offer voting on campus during this election.

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