© AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
STELLARTON - Elections Nova Scotia is making it easier for students to have their say on the ballot.
A campus poll is being held at colleges and universities across the province ahead of the election, including one at the NSCC Pictou Campus this week.
“It’s the first time ever that Elections Nova Scotia has had polls on campuses,” returning officer Lorne Smith said.
They saw it as a way to make sure they encourage each and every Nova Scotian to vote in the provincial election.
It also gives students a chance to see and be part of the process.
The polls are for students and run by them, too.
They’re being trained by Elections Nova Scotia to administer the extra polls.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to support the youth vote,” Scott MacGillivray, manager of student services at NSCC Pictou, said.
The process differs from the regular vote.
There are no names on the ballot. Instead, it’s a write-in ballot, offering voters the chance to mark down the name of the candidate or party they support in their riding.
Students can choose to vote for a candidate in the riding they’re living while they attend school or in their home riding.
Once they vote for one or the other, their name will be taken off the list and they can’t vote on election day.
Students who moved from other provinces are also welcome to vote as long as they’ve resided in Nova Scotia for six months prior to the day the election was called.
“It gives students an opportunity who are away from home to vote,” MacGillivray said.
Although they serve as polls for students, the general public and staff at universities and colleges are welcome to use them as well.
The poll at NSCC Pictou is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
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