Student petition to bring back Vote on Campus program gets over 20,000 signatures

September 8, 2021
A petition calling on Elections Canada to bring back its Vote on Campus program has been signed by over 20,000 students, reports CBC. The program was cancelled this year because of the short timeline and uncertainty of whether students would be on campus. Second-year University of British Columbia student Esmé Decker organized the petition out of concern about potentially decreased voter turnout, especially if students are unaware of the cancellation or haven’t made other voting arrangements. “It should have been a priority, because this is a really important demographic,” said Decker. “I think Elections Canada must have known to some extent that there was [talk] about having an election this year and that it would probably be a snap election.” CBC (National)