École St-Jean-Baptiste students cast their own ballots as part of “Student Vote” program

 

Grade 6 students at École St-Jean-Baptiste participated held their own vote last Thursday as part of the provincial election. Students heard about the platforms of the local candidates and parties, took a tour of the polling station in their own gymnasium and then cast their ballots. (Submitted photo)

Grade 6 students at École St-Jean-Baptiste participated held their own vote last Thursday as part of the provincial election. Students heard about the platforms of the local candidates and parties, took a tour of the polling station in their own gymnasium and then cast their ballots. (Submitted photo)

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The Grade 6 students at École St-Jean-Baptiste participated in the Student Vote program during the recent provincial election held last Thursday.

The program allows students across the province to learn about the election with their classroom teacher, specifically about the right to vote, current political issues and the election process.

According to their teacher Jacqueline Leardi, the students initially thought the election was just for adults and didn’t concern them. However, after examining the platforms, the students realized that certain promises could have a direct effect on them. The discussion continued at home where the students asked their parents about their voting intentions. The different tactics used by politicians were also discussed.

The day of the vote, the students were able to tour the school’s gym which served as one of the many voting stations for the Town of Amherstburg. There, they saw how the voters came to the ballot boxes to exercise their right to vote, even those who needed assistance.

Upon their return to class, the students had their turn to vote at their very own student poll and received their own ballot. The names of the candidates from Essex were listed on the ballot, just like the ones their parents were given.

Student scrutineers representing each candidate examined the ballot box before it was sealed. The young voters saw how to complete a ballot properly. After the vote, the students took turns acting as returning officers and counted the ballots.

Once again, the student scrutineers were present to assure the validity of the results. Both enthusiastic and disappointed shouts were heard as the leader changed on the board. When the winner of the “Student Vote”, Liberal candidate Crystal Meloche was announced there was clapping and cheering. It was an important learning experience for all.

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