Campus encouraged to vote Thursday
Thursday, October 6 is election day in Ontario and all eligible members of the Queen’s community are encouraged to cast an informed vote.
More than 9,000 people have already voted in Kingston and the Islands, including a large number who cast a ballot on campus last week in an advance poll at the John Deutsch University Centre.
Both the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) have been actively encouraging students to engage with the issues and participate.
“With course work and assignments quickly rolling in, the SGPS recognizes the importance of taking advantage of Elections Ontario's advanced polling dates,” says SGPS president Jillian Burford-Grinnell. “SGPS Votes! made sure that information about the Ontario election was widely distributed through leaflets, posters, emails, Twitter and Facebook. But the election is not over. It is important that students are informed about the pressing issues facing post-secondary institutions in the province, and to vote with quality and affordable education in mind.”
Mira Dineen, AMS academic affairs commissioner, says she’s been impressed with student interest in the election. “The AMS was very pleased to have organized advance polls on campus for this provincial election. They were a huge success. Approximately 1,400 people, mostly students, voted.”
The election day polls are open Thursday between 9 am and 9 pm. You can find your voting location on the Elections Ontario website at http://wemakevotingeasy.ca.
The website also provides information on what type of identification and proof of address you may need to bring. Queen’s students from Ontario are permitted to vote for a candidate in either Kingston and the Islands or their home electoral district.