The Ubyssey: David Eby aims to increase “dismal” youth voter turnout this election

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Feb 10 2017 | Jack Hausen

Quoted from the article:

One of Eby’s goals this year is to establish a strong base of student voters. Turnout in the 2013 provincial election for 18 to 24-year-olds was 47.9 per cent — the second-worst category after 25 to 34-year-olds (39.8 per cent). “Dismal” numbers, according to Eby.

In the 2015 federal election, youth turnout was 57.1 per cent, as opposed to 38.8 per cent in 2011 — an enormous increase that puts 2013’s numbers squarely in the middle.

To get more students to turn out, Eby wants to avoid “[ramming] partisan politics down the throats of students, and instead say, ‘We don’t care who you vote for — we just want you to vote.’”

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