Elementary school students participate in mock municipal voting

They may not be old enough to vote yet, but they still had an opportunity to experience the significance of voting in municipal elections. More than 150 students from St. Joachim Elementary School and Our Lady of Providence Elementary School recently participated in a mock election. It was an opportunity for students to gain a deeper insight into the importance of elections and the voting process while the City of Brampton put its updated voting equipment to the test.

Residents are closely connected to municipal government through the many services they use every day, including parks, transit, recreation, roads and fire services. Voting is an important way to make your mark in your community.

“The students of today are the voters of tomorrow,” said Peter Fay, Brampton city clerk and returning officer. “Voting is both a privilege and a responsibility, and an important way to shape your city. That’s something to remember whether you are a student, a first-time voter, a new citizen, or someone who votes in every election.”

The enthusiastic students, who were between the ages of nine and 11, learned about the voting process, what a ballot looks like and how to mark a ballot. For the mock election, the ballot included generic questions about Brampton, including how many wards are in the city; when election day takes place; and how many languages are spoken in the city.

Students from both schools recently attended tours of Brampton city hall as part of the Grade 5 curriculum about local government. While additional mock elections will not be taking place, city hall tours are still available to school students. Teachers can book them by using the online form on the city website.

Schools represent approximately 75 per cent of the voting locations planned for the Oct. 22 municipal election and are an important partner for the city.

Five Must Knows for Voters is available on the City of Brampton website, as well as additional election information. Visit brampton.ca/bramptonvotes.

Photo: Students of St. Joachim Elementary School, in Brampton, cast their ballot as part of a mock municipal election.

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