Attracting the next generation of voters in Red Deer

October 13, 2017 11:15 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Hundreds of grade six students from across Red Deer cast their ballots in a trial election, learning about the election process and giving election workers an opportunity to practice their roles.

On Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12, more than 450 students, teachers, and their chaperones queued through the gymnasium at Central Middle School to cast their ballots for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor, and Public School Trustee or Catholic School Trustee in a trial election.

Because the trial election simulated a real election as much as possible, students used the same equipment, ballots and vote tabulators that will be used at voting stations on Election Day, Monday, October 16, 2017. Election workers used the student trial election as a training opportunity.

“The trial election is just one element of The City’s election worker training. By responding to real scenarios and working with the equipment prior to Election Day, election workers feel more comfortable in their roles,” said Frieda McDougall, Returning Officer.

“The trial election also provides students with hands-on learning about our democratic process and provides a great partnership with our local schools.” said McDougall.  

Participating schools included Central Middle, G.H. Dawe, Glendale, Normandeau, St. Francis of Assisi and Holy Trinity.

The results of the student vote will be tabulated and shared the day after Election Day on Tuesday, October 17.

For more information about the 2017 Municipal Election, including an interactive tool to find voting stations, visit

Don’t just speak up, show up. Vote on Monday, October 16, 2017.

For more information, please contact: 

Frieda McDougall
Returning Officer
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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