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Why the Municipal Election Matters for Students

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Lubaba Hoque
Communications Assistant
Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:15

You’ve probably seen the countless elections signs lining streets and adorning lawns over the past few weeks as hopeful candidates vie for your vote in the upcoming municipal election on October 22, 2018. While municipal elections may not be as high profile as federal or provincial campaigns, they’re no less important to vote in.

“If you’re a student, then Waterloo is – at least for some of the time that you are here – your home,” said Benjamin Easton, Municipal Affairs Commissioner and 2B Science and Business student. “Local government honestly probably has the most impact on people’s day to day lives without people even being really aware of it.”

Local government impacts things like transit, garbage pickup, snow removal, police services, paramedics, and the fire department, to name a few. Perhaps most importantly for students, this election will affect bylaw enforcement for housing, which impacts students’ living conditions, Easton said.

If you’re a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older, a resident of the City of Waterloo (this includes if you’re living in Waterloo for your studies), and not prohibited from voting by law, you can vote in the upcoming municipal election.

Curious about your candidates? Come out to Politics at The Pub [external link] on Thursday, October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Bombshelter Pub, where you can meet and greet your mayoral and Ward 6 Council candidates.

“We’re hoping to have some good turnout. Really the idea of the event is to try to engage people in the election,” said Easton.

And to make the process even easier, you can vote in DC on October 22 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. – and since this is a “Super Poll,” voters from any ward can vote there.

Want to know the nitty gritty details? Check out Benjamin Easton’s blog on the municipal election.