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Voters in Training

Parents, schools and youth organizations can give young people a real taste of democracy.

Bring your children to small polling stations

Why not make provincial elections a family outing? As part of the Voters in Training program, small polling stations offer children accompanying their parents an introduction to the electoral process by giving them their own chance to vote. While small polling stations are especially designed for children between the ages of 3 and 12, they are open to anyone under 18 who is interested in learning about the electoral process.

When?

  • In advance: September 23 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • On election day: October 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How?

  1. The child accompanies his or her parent to see how voting works (polling station reception, using the polling booth, placing the ballot paper in the ballot box, etc.).
  2. The child then goes to the small polling station.
  3. The child receives a ballot paper with a question about democratic values.
  4. Following the parent's example, the child marks the ballot paper and places it in the ballot box.

Participating children receive a sticker on their arrival and a tattoo after voting!

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Voters in Training at your school or youth organization

During municipal and provincial general elections, the Voters in Training program's Schools and Youth Organizations components give young people an opportunity to take part in a simulated election. These two components are designed for:

  • elementary (Cycle 3) and secondary school teachers
  • youth organization leaders

Young participants are able to try out voting while expressing their views on real candidates. It's an excellent way to prepare them for the day they will vote.

The registration period is now over.

How do simulated elections work?

  1. Teachers and youth organization leaders are invited to sign up for the Voters in Training program by filling out the online form.
  2. The program provides educational activities to prepare the young participants for voting.
  3. All election materials (ballot boxes, polling booths and ballot papers) are sent to the participating institutions.
  4. Simulated elections are held in the days leading up to the real election.
  5. Young people can compare the results of their simulation with those of the real elections.

See the results of the latest simulated elections

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