Loss of on-campus voting program leads to fears students won’t cast ballots


Pandemic, minority government cited as reasons for cancelling Vote on Campus. One Ottawa students’ group is concerned Elections Canada’s cancellation of the Vote on Campus program will create unnecessary barriers for young people who want to cast ballots in the upcoming federal election. The program debuted for the 2015 election and “proved to work,” said Armaan Singh Kheppar, advocacy commissioner for the University of Ottawa Students’ Union. The initiative allowed students to cast a special ballot at polling stations set up on campus — and thus vote in whatever they considered to be their home riding, from anywhere in the country. It was offered again during the 2019 election and according to Elections Canada, about 110,000 ballots were cast on university campuses across the country.

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