Local Website Hopes to Bring Out the Youth Vote

By David Klassen

With just days to go until the provincial election, one of the issues is still involving youth in the democratic process.

Manitobans aged 18-35 have been the key demographic that contributes to low voter turnout. A Winnipeg-based website is hoping to change that statistic.

Get Out The Vote (GOTV) is a non-partisan volunteer group of youth who think that ‘politics as usual’ isn’t working for them and want the candidates to know that they are paying attention and want change.

“Our mission is bold,” said Sim Pannu, GOTV campaign director. “We want all of the apathetic youth in Manitoba — all the ones who think their vote doesn’t matter — the ones who think that their single vote won’t make a difference to make that change happen.”

The campaign’s website (GotVote.ca) includes quotes from youth on both sides of the voting fence. The site also allows the opportunity to have your say on the issues, party platforms and review articles related to the election.

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

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