Municipal election season is upon us, and the campaigning is well underway. It can be difficult to decide who to vote for, especially if you don’t know that you can actually vote. Students can participate in the London municipal election, even if they are not permanent residents of the city.
“You can actually vote in two elections,” explains FSU President Jahmoiya Smith. “You can cast a ballot in both your home town, as well as right here in London.”
The biggest obstacle that the Fanshawe Student Union is trying to overcome in this situation is the lack of awareness around the school. Most students that aren’t permanent London residents don’t know that they are allowed to vote in this election; they are just assuming since they don’t have a permanent address here they wouldn’t be allowed to vote.
“We have teamed up with Western’s University Student Council to raise awareness of this information, and the election in general,” says Smith. “There is a whole page on the FSU website about the municipal election, as well as informational videos produced by the Interrobang about the candidates.”
The videos can be accessed through the Interrobang Facebook page, and most candidates also have their own websites that explain their platforms.