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Students Launch Local Voter Education Website

Monday, June 14, 2004

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Written by CSA Press Release

The 2004 Federal is fast approaching and many people are still unsure of how they’ll vote on June 28th. University of Guelph’s Central Student Association (CSA) hopes to help those who are still undecided. On June 10th, the CSA launched www.guelphvotes.ca, a non-partisan website designed to give voters the tools they need to vote. The website includes information on local candidates, answers to frequently asked questions regarding voting, and important links.

“We’ve had a great deal of success using the internet in the past to raise awareness” stated Central Student Association (CSA) External Commissioner Ryan White citing the CSA efforts during the 2003 Provincial and Municipal elections, “it’s a great way to find out more about the candidates in your area and the issues that interest you.”

While the website focuses on questions often asked by young voters, the website is meant for anyone who is still unsure as to who they’ll choose. “It’s such a big decision, it’s important for everyone to get as much information as they can” said J-Me Allen, CSA Communication Commissioner.

White added, “providing concise, accurate information in an accessible manner is one way the CSA is hoping to engage young voters this year. Hopefully the level of political apathy we saw in the past will be reduced once students realize the stake they hold in the issues surrounding this election.”

The CSA provides services, support and advocacy for the more than 17,000 undergraduate students that attend the University of Guelph.

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