Youth Voting

Read the short piece “Young People and Voting” (ignore the questions at the end of the piece).


Throughout the Western world, voting rates have been dropping for major elections in recent decades. For example, 75-80% of eligible Canadian voters used to vote in federal elections. This rate is now nearing 60-65%. Young Canadian voters have a rate much lower than this.

1/ How can we motivate young Canadians to vote?

2/ Should voters be fined if they do not vote, as in Australia?

3/ Will you vote in the next provincial or federal election (be honest – I won’t hold your answer against you – I promise)? Why or why not?