How to Vote in the Upcoming Election if You're Stuck on Campus

It’s no big secret that there’s an election coming up here in the province of Ontario, and for many students, this might very well be the first time that they are legally able to vote. Not unlike filing your taxes or establishing strong credit, voting is one of those funny things that no one really teaches you how to do, but it’s important to take the initiative and register. Youth voter turnout in Canada is notorious for being low, with only 34% of 18 to 24 year olds participating in the 2014 Ontario provincial election. These statistics are disheartening, because students and recent graduates may have different interests and priorities than the rest of the population that they’d like to see represented in their government leaders and policies.

One possible explanation for this could be that many students pursuing post secondary education aren’t aware of their options for voting when they’re living away from home.

If you’re studying somewhere else within Ontario, you have the option to choose whether you vote in the electoral district where you permanently reside, OR in the electoral district in which you’re living while you’re attending school.If you’re living at 939 Western, then the local electoral district that you fall into is London North Centre (District 054).

If you’re studying outside of Ontario (including participating in a semester abroad!), things get a little more complicated but you still have options available to you.  You can choose to vote by mail by submitting an application form to vote by mail using a special ballot, or by applying to be on the Register of Absentee Electors of Ontario.

If you’re able to vote in person but prefer to vote in advance, there are four different locations in London that you can go to cast your ballot before June 7th:

London North Centre Returning Office – 267 Fanshawe Park Rd. W

May 10 – June 6

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Sunday May 13, May 20, June 3: 12 PM – 5 PM

Sunday May 27: 10 AM – 8 PM

Cherryhill Library – 301 Oxford St. W

May 26 – May 30

10 AM – 8 PM

Darryl J. King Student Life Centre (Western University) – 266 Epworth Ave.

May 26 – May 30

10 AM – 8 PM

First St Andrews United Church – 350 Queens Ave.

May 26 – May 30

10 AM – 8 PM

For election day voting in the North London Centre district, there is only one location:

Kinsmen Recreation Centre – 20 Granville St.
June 7

9 AM – 9 PM

It doesn’t matter where and when you decide to vote, as long as you choose from one of the options above. Get out and vote 939’ers, and make sure your voice is heard!
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