OTTAWA — A Concordia University student is hoping to reverse the voter apathy trend among young people across Canada in advance of the expected fall federal election.
Matthew Heuman has created a new voting application for smart phones and tablets that he says gives youth voters the tools they need at election time — and takes away excuses for not voting.
The Vote Note app uses GPS technology to pinpoint riding districts for voters, providing them with candidate names and information, polling station locations and a clock that counts down to election day, which is expected Oct. 19.
The second-year journalism student says a lot of voter apathy he's witnessed is the result of young people being overwhelmed by the election process.
Navigating the Elections Canada website in search of information, for instance, can be daunting and even confusing, Heuman explains.
And for young people especially, he says the process needed to be simplified.
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Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press