FSU President Matt Stewart’s dream would be that the majority of Fanshawe College students show up to vote on Oct. 27.
Stewart is determined to increase the student vote, a common theme leading up to the municipal election. That determination has landed Fanshawe College its very own polling station, something that’s never happened before.
“From my point of view, having the accessibility for students to be able to come to school and have that polling station here on campus is of great benefit to students,” says Stewart. “The more accessibility we have to polls, the more students we’re going to have turn out to vote.”
However, there are high expectations that students will make use of the polling station.
“We’re under pressure from city council and the elections committee to really perform and get students out to vote to be able to keep this poll around.”
Stewart says their blitz on students to get them educated has been mostly through marketing, but also events on campus. That includes a meet and greet with Ward 3 candidates on Oct. 15.
“We’re getting all Ward 3 candidates to come out, they’ll have three minutes to speak, and there will be three set questions to answer,” he says. “After that, there will be a meet and greet with food to students that turn up.”
Fanshawe College’s polling station will be set up in the Oasis from 10am-8pm.