Survey explores how Canadian youth are engaging in the election!
Elizabeth Dubois (University of Oxford) and Amanda Clarke (Carlton University) have partnered with a non-partisan voter engagement group called Vote Savvy to distribute a survey that explores how Canadian youth are engaging in the election. Survey respondents receive a personalized Voter Toolkit that includes information about where the major political parties stand on the participant’s top issue, information on candidates in the participant’s riding and resources for how to vote. As you’ll know, Canadians aged 18 to 34 are far less likely to vote than older age groups, and our aim is to reverse this trend by providing youth with the information they need to vote this election.
The survey has been approved by ethics boards at both Carleton and Oxford (September 2015).
We’re now launching an outreach campaign, contacting university administrators, youth groups, sports associations and student life offices to encourage young people to take the survey and to benefit from the personalized Voter Toolkit.
University educators are in a unique position to encourage young people to vote this election, and we’re writing to ask if members of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada would consider sharing our survey with their students. You will be supporting our research, for which we would be grateful, but will also be helping your students get informed and ready to vote on October 19th.
1. Invite students to complete the survey in your class. It only takes 2 minutes to complete.
2. Share this online survey with your network (e.g. your student email lists, departmental email lists, social media).
You can find the survey here: http://votes.mybluemix.net/
We hope the survey’s reach is wide and that the voter information package we provide compels young Canadians to get to the polls on October 19th. Your help with this work is much appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch.