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Petition asks Drake to help make youth voter turnout 'best we ever had'

Drake performs at Gibson Amphitheatre on Nov. 4, 2010, in Universal City, Calif. WIREIMAGE/Dr. Billy Ingram

A new online petition is urging Toronto rapper Drake to help to encourage young Canadian voters to come out and vote on election day.

It’s been signed by over 7,000 people.

Karilynn Ming Ho, Vancouverite behind the petition, says in the last election the 18 to 34 demographic had the lowest voter turnout, between 38 and 45 per cent.

“As it happens, 18-34 is also Canadian rapper Drake’s largest demographic,” Ming Ho writes in the petition. “Many who have never voted, have cited feelings of disenchantment and indifference towards a government that is completely out of touch with today’s youth.”

She’s calling on Drake to do a “short non-partisan” public service announcement on social media before Oct. 13 to help increase voter turnout.

“The very best rap and hip-hop have always been rooted in politics; are you the real deal Drake? If so, then bring it. Your country needs you to represent.”

Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 19.