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Local group hopes bus concert will increase voter turnout

Last Updated Oct 9, 2015 at 7:18 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The youth vote is one of the hardest ones to entice to the polls.

A local non-partisan group has an ambitious and musical plan to get young people to vote ahead of election day.

There have been all kinds of attempts to increase voter turnout among young adults. But Darcy Vermeulen with Turn Up YVR gets points for creativity with a roving concert happening tomorrow.

“We’ve rented a couple good old-fashioned yellow school buses and we’re partnering with a number of well-known local musicians. We’re playing unplugged acoustic sets in the back of the buses and encouraging folks to… head to advance polling stations and vote with the band,” he tells us.

Vermeulen says they’re looking to move the needle on people under the age of 35. “In the last federal election, only four out of 10 people under the age of 35 voted.”

“Young people are politically engaged. We just know that they don’t vote. Hopefully, some headlining artists in the back of a school bus will be the right mix to encourage folks to actually cast a ballot,” he tells us.

The buses start leaving Broadway City Hall station at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Click here to find details on advance polls and how to ensure you are registered to vote.