On September 15 from 12:00-2:00 p.m., the Food Centre will host a Vote PopUp event in its space at 655 Mattaaq Cres. Vote PopUps aim to increase voter engagement and turnout by demystifying the voting process for first-time and infrequent voters. The PopUp will create simulated polling station in advance of the election and offer community members an opportunity to learn and participate in a vote before heading to the polls. An engaged electorate is key in drawing federal attention to the territory.
The Vote PopUp initiative is led by Ryerson University’s Democratic Engagement Exchange, which is supporting dozens of community organizations across the country to host events. More than eight million eligible voters did not cast a ballot in the last federal election. A disproportionate number of non-voters are new Canadians, young people, and racialized or marginalized individuals. At less than 60% turnout in the last election, Nunavut has the lowest voter participation rate in the country.