CSI is asking all Conestoga Students to Take The Pledge and Get Out The Vote On October 21st, 2019

Get out the vote. Take the pledge to vote in the next general election!
On October 21st, 2019, Canadians will go to the polls and vote to elect their next federal government. #ConestogaVotes is an initiative ran by Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) to ensure that Conestoga students have the tools and information they need to confidently cast their vote in the upcoming fall election.

Voting is an important and powerful tool in influencing the next 4 years of how Canada is governed. Voting enables us to voice our opinions and influence the direction our country takes. As post-secondary students, we are eligible to vote as long as we are a Canadian Citizen, over the age of 18, and reside in a local federal riding.

You can vote where you go to school or in your hometown.

As students, you represent a large and vital demographic. In order to communicate what you feel are pressing issues, it is important that you are informed and ready to vote whether it be via Advanced Polling, On-campus Polling, Voting by Mail, or on Election Day (October 21st).

Take the time to look over the information on this webpage. Read more into the issues that matter to you; be it student debt, environmental policy, or economic policy. Follow debates leading up to the election, and don’t hesitate to get involved and ask questions relevant to you. Visit this page often to stay up to date and share your thoughts and opinions with us through our social media channels (@cstudentsinc) while spreading the word with the #ConestogaVotes and #IWillVote hashtags.

pledge to vote

THE STUDENT VOICE IS NOT A CHOICE

As a partner of the Get Out The Vote campaign, CSI is asking all students to take the pledge to vote in this upcoming election. With over 2 million post-secondary students in Canada, we collectively have the opportunity to prove to the federal government that the student voice is not a choice, and that we will not be ignored or forgotten. If post secondary students vote this fall, we can ensure that education is affordable and accessible for all and we can help shape the future for years to come.

Join your 2 million peers and Pledge to Vote!

all candidates debate

federal election all candidates event
Conestoga Students Inc. will be hosting an All Candidates Debate with local MPs from the Kitchener South-Hespeler and Cambridge-North Dumfries ridings, with representation from all five political parties.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday September 25th
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Conestoga College Doon Campus in the South Gym in the Rec Centre.
RSVP Here!
Learn about the candidates

on campus vote

VOTING AWAY FROM HOME?

On-campus Polls: October 5th-October 9th

This year Conestoga was one of 40 post-secondary institutions to receive an on-campus Polling Station.

What does this mean?

If you are currently living in Kitchener or Cambridge for the school year, you can either vote for your candidate in Kitchener South-Hespeler and Cambridge-North Dumfries ridings OR the candidate from your permanent address’ riding on campus.

If you are a commuter student, you can vote for the candidate in your home riding on campus.
On-campus polling booths will be running from Saturday October 5th to Wednesday October 9th in the Multipurpose Rooms 1&2 in the Conestoga Recreation Centre.

Saturday October 5th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday October 6th, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday October 7th, 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
Tuesday October 8th, 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
Wednesday October 9th, 10:00 am to 10:30 pm

Note: When voting at the On-campus Station, you will be voting via Special Ballot, therefore please come prepared with the name of the candidate you wish to elect. You can find your candidates by providing your postal code in the Elections Canada website.
elections.ca

your local candidates

Wasai Rahimi, NDP Party

Marwan Tabbara, Liberal Party

David Weber, Green Party

Alan Keeso, Conservative party

Learn more about the political parties and their platforms by clicking the link blow.

Supporting links

frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Elections Canada exists to provide answers and resources concerning any and all questions you might have about voting in the upcoming federal election; however, to answer some simple questions, #ConestogaVotes has assembled some FAQs.

Who Can Vote?

As a postsecondary student you are eligible to vote provided you are a Canadian citizen over 18 years of age on the day you cast your ballot. If you are temporarily living outside of Canada you are still eligible to vote and can register.
Registration and Voting Processes for Canadians Who Live Abroad

How Do I Register?

You can register to vote by visiting the Elections Canada site here. Please ensure you are using your permanent address when registering. If you do not know what your permanent address is, it is likely the address on your driver’s license or other identification cards.
Register to vote

When Do I Vote?

You have a few options:

  • Voting away from home? (Satellite Polls: October 5th-October 9th)
    This year Conestoga was one of 40 post-secondary institutions to receive an on-campus Polling Station.
  • If you are currently living in Kitchener or Cambridge for the school year:
    You can either vote for your candidate in Kitchener South-Hespeler and Cambridge-North Dumfries ridings (Conestoga Doon and Conestoga Cambridge ridings) OR the candidate from your permanent address’ riding on campus.
  • If you are a commuter student:
    You can vote for the candidate in your home riding on campus.

On-campus polling booths will be open from Sunday, October 5th to Thursday, October 8th from 10am-8pm each day in the Multipurpose Rooms 1&2 in the Conestoga Rec Centre.

  1. Saturday October 5th 10:00am-6:00pm
  2. Sunday October 6th 12:00pm-4:00pm
  3. Monday October 7th 10:00am10:30pm
  4. Tuesday October 8th 10:00am-10:30pm
  5. Wednesday October 9th 10:00am-10:30pm

Note: When voting at the On-campus station, you will be voting via Special Ballot, therefore please come prepared with the name of the candidate you wish to elect. You can find your candidates by providing your postal code in the Elections Canada website.
elections.ca

  • Early Polls (October 9th-12th)
    Early polling stations will be running in various locations across Canada from October 9th-12th 2019. Please visit the Elections Canada website and input the postal code for the riding which you will be voting in during the early polls to find out where to vote. elections.ca

Note: If you are currently living in Kitchener and that is not your permanent address, please be prepared with your valid piece of ID and proof of Kitchener residency.

  • Election Day (October 21st)
    If you are a student living off-campus, you must vote at your assigned polling station, whether that is in Kitchener or at your permanent address. If you are voting in Kitchener South – Hespeler and Cambridge – North Dumfries and that is NOT your permanent address, please come prepared with your valid piece of ID and proof of Kitchener residency (lease, internet bill, student record- SOMETHING with your name and Kitchener address on it.)

How Do I Vote?

There are so many ways to vote!

  1. You can vote in person on election day or via an advance poll or on-campus poll.
  2. You can mail in your vote by applying no later than Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00pm local time.
    Apply to vote by mail
  3. You can vote in person using a special ballot, or through assistive voting technology at advanced polls and on-campus polls. For more complete information regarding the voting process please visit the Elections Canada website.
    elections.ca

What Identification Do I Need?

You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election. For a list of your ID options when you are voting in person at an Elections Canada office, on campus polls, advance polls or on election day, please visit the Elections Canada website.
ID to vote

Who are the Local Candidates?

A list of the current candidates for Kitchener South-Hespeler and Cambridge-North Dumfries ridings can be seen on the Local Candidates section of the #ConestogaVotes page. If you are voting in a different riding, you can find your candidates at the Elections Canada website.
Local candidates

Where Can I Learn More About the Federal Parties and Leaders?

More information about the federal parties represented in Kitchener South-Hespeler and Cambridge-North Dumfries ridings can be found on the Federal Parties and Leaders section of the #ConestogaVotes page, including their platforms, and social media information. For more information about all of the political parties in Ontario, please visit the Elections Canada website.
Federal Parties and Leaders