The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is working on a number of initiatives to encourage post-secondary students to vote in the upcoming federal election on October 19.
On Thursday, September 24th CUSA hosted a ‘Vote Mob”. Carleton students dressed up in red and white and filmed a non-partisan parody music video of The Lonely Island single “I’m On a Boat”. (NOTE: This video has been removed. Please see statement here: https://www.cusaonline.ca/statement-votemob/)
CUSA has also partnered with YOUth Heroes on a “Register to Vote” Twitter and Facebook campaign that allows participants to add a ‘REGISTERED’ filter over their social media profile pictures and tag friends and family to encourage them to do the same. The goal of the campaign is encourage voter participation and promote the importance of voting through peer-to-peer interactions. Students can participate by visiting http://twibbon.com/support/register-to-vote-4.
In addition to getting involved online, Carleton students will have the unique opportunity to engage with the federal candidates of the Ottawa-Centre riding in person. CUSA, in collaboration with the Carleton University Graduate Student’s Association (GSA) and the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), will be hosting the official Ottawa-Centre All-Candidates Debate at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 28th in the University Centre atrium. The debate will focus on youth and education and will provide attendees a unique opportunity to hear from all the candidates in the Ottawa-Centre riding. More information about the debate can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/138745449801877/
Elections Canada will be at Carleton University October 5th to 9th to allow students to vote by special ballot. There’s is also Elections Canada material available at the CUSA Office; 401 University Centre, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6.
For more information about CUSA’s Get Out the Vote campaign, contact Maddie Adams, Vice-President Student Issues at email@example.com, or 613-520-2600 ext. 1617