Elections Canada to not offer special polling stations on campus

August 24, 2021
The Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place after the beginning of the school year, but Elections Canada is reportedly not offering special polling stations on campus. Elections Canada offered polling stations on 39 campuses in 2015 and 109 campuses in 2019 through the Vote on Campus program. However, the organization cited the ongoing pandemic and planning difficulties given the uncertain election timing as reasons for not continuing the program this year. Global News reports that there are concerns that the youth turnout rate for the election may decrease this year, particularly without campus voting options. Spokesperson Matthew McKenna explained that the organization has been working with student organizations and has vowed to re-implement the program for future elections. CTV News | Globe and Mail (Paywall) | Global News (National)