Forum Series to Engage, Educate Public on Elections

With the provincial election coming up in the fall, two University of Manitoba political studies professors are on a mission to educate and engage Manitobans about politics.

Professors Jared Wesley and Andrea Rounce, alongside the Manitoba Institute for Policy Research, will hold public forums to bust myths and address Manitoba’s democratic deficit.

“Understanding Manitoba Politics and Elections” is the first forum series part of U2011 and will be held tonight at McNally Robinson booksellers (Grant Park) at 7 p.m.

Other such events, some dealing with women in politics, some dealing in North-end politics, some dealing in campaign strategies and opinion polls, will be held in various locations around Winnipeg and in cities such as Brandon and Minnedosa.

During the 2003 and 2007 provincial elections, voter turnout was 54.2 percent and 56.8 percent respectively. Roughly six out of 10 people reported being too ill-informed about the political process to vote.

The events are free and open to the public. More details are available at UManitoba.ca/u2011.

Manitobans head to the polls on October 4.


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