Montreal – August 23, 2012 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), with support from the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGE), has launched Vote It Up, a campaign to encourage and support young English-speaking voters in the upcoming provincial election.
Voter turnout by youths aged 18 to 35 has dropped from 70 per cent in the 1960s to a little more than 30 per cent in 2004.
“Not only does this trend diminish the voice of 25 per cent of the electorate, but those non-voters are even less likely to turnout later on. That threatens future civic engagement as well,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the QCGN.
“Young voters are 60 per cent more likely to vote if they have a conversation with their roommate, teammate or colleague,” points out campaign spokesperson Lexie Tucker, representative from Quebec 4-H, an organization that promotes the personal development of youth in agricultural and rural communities.