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From student debt to Indigenous reconciliation, here’s what is driving young first-time voters to the polls – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 20, 2019134 Views

Oct 20, 2019

The youth vote was largely credited with deciding the 2015 federal election – will that happen again?

“This is the time, being a first-time voter, to express what I believe is best for Canada going forward,” says Sebastian Farkas, a student at Acadia University.

It’s a common sentiment among people who tell CBC News they’re voting for the first time in their lives in this election, but it’s not clear how widespread that sentiment is among young people in general.

Historically, election turnout in Canada has been generally low among younger voters. However, that changed in the 2015 federal election when 58.3 per cent of the population from ages 18 to 24 cast ballots for the first time.

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