Election 2015; Maple Bay students go to the ballot box

Voting day came early at Maple Bay Elementary Thursday, Oct. 15 as the school participated in Student Vote Canada.

Voting day came early at Maple Bay Elementary Thursday, Oct. 15 as the school participated in Student Vote Canada.

The school had registered as a participant in the nationwide parallel vote program and students in Div. 1, 2 and 3 — all Grade 6 and 7 plus a few Grade 5 from a split class — had been taught about political parties and how an election works and then encouraged to take an interest and discuss the subject at home, according to principal Lenore Underhill.

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Maple Bay Elementary votes

Then, last Thursday, in the multipurpose room near the school’s entrance, the students got to vote at a realistic poll, manned by some of their classmates who had been trained as deputy returning officers, poll clerks and scrutineers.

Schools who registered in the program all received a Student Vote Election Manual in PDF form, ballot boxes, voting screens and ballots with the names of local candidates running for election.

To adult eyes, everything looked very real, and as would be found at any polling station on voting day.

Lining up at their polls as directed, they were then carefully checked off the voters list individually by poll clerks Anna Beauchamp and Emma Fisher, given ballots with the names of the candidates for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford and directed to one of four voting places by scrutineers Clayton Bergstrom and Ross Sharp. Then, each one took his or her ballot to deputy returning officers Kal Nagy and Hayley Cage, who supervised the folding of the ballot and its insertion into the official-style ballot box.

Under the efficient handling of the Maple Bay poll team, the entire process went so smoothly that the three classes were finished well ahead of the expected schedule.

Underhill was delighted with the way it all worked.

There had been a lot of interest in the school population about the election and the poll team was obviously intrigued by what was happening as they went about their specified jobs.

It really was a great chance to practice something that will become real for the students in only a few years, Underhill said, explaining that students had been given a chance to see what a ballot looked like, and told how to mark it with an X, as well as what to expect at the poll.

Finally, after all three classes had voted, the ballots were carefully counted and the numbers recorded, ready to be sent to CIVIX, a non-partisancharity aimed at building citizenship skills.

Maple Bay was not the only school in the riding to take part. Others included Alex Aitken, Bench, Brentwood College, Chemainus Secondary, Cowichan Secondary, CVOLC, Crofton, Discovery, Drinkwater, Frances Kelsey Secondary, Island Oak, Lake Cowichan, Queen Margaret’s, Queen of Angels, Shawnigan Lake, École Cobble Hill, and École Mt. Prevost.


Maple Bay vote results:

Maple Bay students gave the win to Conservative Martin Barker (20 votes), with the Liberals’ Luke Krayenhoff (19) in second, the NDP’s MacGregor third (17), and the Greens’ Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi fourth with 8.

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