Over 800 Strathcona County Grade 6 students got to vote in their very own mock election.
On Tuesday (September 26), the county held a mock election at the Strathcona Community Centre with 20 students running for mayor, council or school trustee.
“Engaging residents in a community at a really young age means that when they turn 18 they’re a lot more likely to vote,” said Luke Jansen, election assistant at the Strathcona County Election Office. “I think it’s really smart that the kids and students in Strathcona County understand what the local government does and it’s responsibilities.”
The mock election is meant to teach students about different levels of government and about municipal elections, while having fun.
“They had a blast! They were way wilder than I thought they’d be,” said Jansen. “They were doing the wave at the beginning and with every candidate there was a huge cheer and people were screaming.”
13 schools within Strathcona County and the surrounding area took part in the mock election.