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Get young people interested to get them to the polls: survey

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Voter participation has been declining for years and a lack of interest among young people could be to blame. A new survey looks at what needs to be done to get them interested.

“When they talk about why they don’t vote, it has to do with motivational issues,” says Diane Benson with Elections Canada.

She tells us the National Youth Survey looked at participation in the last federal election and found those who were directly contacted by politicians or discussed politics with their parents were more likely to vote.

“They are influenced by the conversations that they have with their parents [and] politicians,” explains Benson, adding the results reinforce previous findings on the positive impact of civic education.

She says Elections Canada will start looking into online voting after March 2013.