FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
University Students’ Council
October 6, 2014
WESTERN STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO VOTE IN LONDON’S MUNICIPAL ELECTION
London, ON – The University Students’ Council’s ‘Western Votes’ campaign encourages students to participate in the London municipal election by voting on Thursday, October 16 or Monday, October 27. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about their City Council candidates in the Mustang Lounge on Wednesday, October 15, during a Ward 6 candidate meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., followed by a mayoral debate at 7:30 p.m. The four front running mayoral candidates (Matt Brown, Roger Caranci, Paul Cheng and Joe Swan) will all be present.
Students who own or are renting a place in London, hold Canadian citizenship, and are over the age of 18 are eligible to vote. Unregistered voters must bring proof of local address and/or government-issued photo identification to the polls. Western University and the USC have provided students with the option of visiting westernvotes.ca to obtain a letter which will serve as their proof of address. Students must change their address on their Student Centre accounts prior to printing. Registered voters will be mailed a voter card. Students can visit voterlookup.ca to confirm their place on London’s voters’ list.
Any students eligible to vote, regardless of home ward, can do so at the advanced poll in the Mustang Lounge on Thursday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Advanced polls will also be held at Masonville Place on Saturday, October 11 and Saturday, October 18. The official election day is Monday, October 27 and on this day, students must vote at the designated poll for their ward, which can be found at london.ca.
“As residents of London, Western students have more power to ensure London’s long-term prosperity and success than most realize. For example, students are the single largest ridership for London Transit, but similar-sized cities invest more than triple London’s investment in transit. If students show up to the polls, we stand a greater chance of realizing the benefits of improved transit and other significant, positive changes in our city. One vote might not make a major difference, but 35,000 sure will.” stated Jen Carter, Vice-President External.
The USC is committed to reminding students of the importance of collective civic engagement, demonstrating the organization’s focus on municipal advocacy and keeping students as informed as possible during this election period. To that end, student representatives will be running a voting information booth from October 14-16 in the University Community Centre.
For any inquiries, please contact:
University Students’ Council
519-661-2111 ext. 82618
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