Federal Election

Students flock to advance polls at Dal and SMU

Elections Canada pilot project allows even out-of-province students to vote on campus

Students and Elections Canada volunteers Wednesday in the Dalhousie Student Union Building.
Students and Elections Canada volunteers Wednesday in the Dalhousie Student Union Building.   Emma Jones

Students have been lining up to vote in the advance polls at Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s universities since advance polls opened on Tuesday morning.

There are 39 campus and YMCA advance polls set up nationally, with one in the Dalhousie Student Union Building, one in the university’s LeMarchant Street Residence, and one at the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary’s.

These stations, which will be open until Thursday, are a part of a pilot project by Elections Canada that allows citizens to register for voting at the polls. It allows them to do this in any riding in Canada.

Wednesday's line-up to vote, around noon in the Student Union Building.
Wednesday’s line-up to vote, around noon in the Student Union Building.   Emma Jones

“I think that’s making it a lot easier for students to vote,” said Sarah Trower, communications and outreach manager with the Dalhousie Student Union.

“We’ve seen hundreds of people. Folks are really excited. It’s really positive,” Trower said.

Michael Wolvin, a second-year student at Dalhousie who was in line to vote, said “It’s one of the most influential elections of my lifetime and as a university student I think I have one of the most important says in what happens with our country.”

Sarah Trower and _______, encouraging students to vote.
Sarah Trower and Dylan Ryan, encouraging students to vote with information, stickers and cookies.   Emma Jones