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Project allows students to simulate voting process

Local home learners take part in national initiative
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Tyson Ramsami, 14, casts his ballot during a Student Vote exercise Tuesday at the Ladner Baptist Church gym.

They won't be voting in next week's federal election but local home learning students got a taste of what's it like to head to the polls Tuesday in Ladner.

Kids took part in Student Vote, a parallel election for students under the voting age, at the Ladner Baptist Church.

The exercise was put on by the South Delta Home Learners, a home learning support group.

"It's all about getting to know what voting's about and learning about government," said the group's Sabrina Fast.

The voting process was explained before students cast their ballots.

"I think its good practice for them so it's more familiar when they go to vote, they've kind of almost already done it," said Fast.

The purpose of Student Vote is to "provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship," the initiative's website notes.

Student Vote is a program of CIVIX, a nonpartisan group described as Canada's leading civic education organization.