CASTLEGAR- With only 97 days to go to the provincial general election, Selkirk College Students' Union activists are gearing up to register Selkirk College students under the banner "Rock the Vote BC."
"'We want students' voices in the Kootenay area to be heard,so we are helping to register students to vote and telling candidates where we stand on issues important to us." said Natalia Schwarz, Federation Representative of the Selkirk College Students' Union. "We want to see poilticians make bold commitments to poilcies that improve life for students and our families."
In the last election. there were more than 500,000 eligible voters under the age of 34 who did not vote. With campuses in more than 25 communities in B.C., a moblized student vote could easily have an impact on the outcome of the election.
Rock the Vote BC is a non-partisan voter registration campaign to increase voter turnout among B.C.'s university and college students.
"From record high tuition fees to transit to the environment, Selkirk College students have a lot invested in the outcome of this election," said Katie Marocch , Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students..BC.
The Selkirk College Students Union will host a Rock the Vote pizza luncheon today, Feb. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to register students to vote, provide a free hot meal, and encourage student and youth voter turnout n the upcoming election. This is event is timed with a free concert on the Castlegar campus featuring local band Roy Has Fire.
This event signifies the launch of the Rock the Vote BC campaign at Selkirk College, with more events to follow at other campuses.
The Selkirk College Students' Union was formed in 1981 and represents students on all campuses of Selkirk College, which are situated in three separate Electoral Constituencies in British Columbia.