Students Turned Away at Polls?

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Written by Arden Hagedorn

Hello Undergrads!

I have heard through the grapevine that there were students turned
away from the polls on Election Day because they did not have
"adequate" identification. I would like to know about these
experiences because it is something Elections Canada needs to address.
This year Canada experienced an all time low in voter turnout.
Undoubtedly people ages 18-25 were part of this. If you experienced
being denied the right to vote, please send me an e-mail or give me a

Many people claim that students are apathetic and that is why they do
not vote. I do not believe this. There was a good deal of voter
energy on campus for this election and both All-Candidates Forums that
the CSA and Student Life held were well attended and we ran out of
time for all the questions that were asked. Perhaps the problem isn't
students, but the Electoral System.


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Arden Hagedorn
Local Affairs Commissioner
Central Student Association
UC 274 | University of Guelph
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  1. Posted by: George on Oct 27, 2008 @ 10:46am

    You can’t truly try to put blame on the Electoral System for students not getting out there and voting. That’s quite the way to pass the blame in this case.

    Students don’t vote because they are not engaged; not because they are turned away at the polls.

  2. Posted by: better than george... like, george 2.0 on Oct 28, 2008 @ 3:07am

    yes! i was turned away! oh, how i wanted to vote for the marijuana party! but when it came time to vote i couldn't remember where i put my wallet! i had no identification! i also had the munchies for taco bell's fries supreme! after scraping together enough loose change from around the house and getting my taco bell on, i forgot what i was doing! when i showed up at the polling station i soon remembered! my id, that's what i forgot! ...immigration also took my baby away so, uh, can you look into that for me too?

  3. Posted by: Matthew Gumley on Nov 24, 2008 @ 9:32pm

    I had many friends that were turned away (but later returned) from their turn in voting simply because they did not have "proof of address." I understand the importance of this identification, however, Elections Canada should be wary that students are new to the voting process and many do not hold any proof of address. Although it is easy to obtain proof of address (mail, bills, etc.) it is just another obstacle in the way of the our dismal and lazy lives (I'm not generalizing, I'm just describing myself). Elections Canada may seen an increase in voting should they demand simply a student card/health card combo or something that most students would be carrying on themselves at all times.

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