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Council race: Kevin Lalonde wonders whether millennials will take advantage of online voting

Millennials vocal about politics, but still fail to vote, he says
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Kevin Lalonde, Ward 11-cropped
Ward 11 candidate Kevin Lalonde. (Supplied)

Ward 11 councillor candidate Kevin Lalonde said because voting in this municipal election is fully online, it's a test as to just how interested millennials are in voting.

This election is geared toward millennials' “electronic everything” lifestyle, he said.

“Millennials statistically are vocal when it comes to displaying their concerns but still are the one group that fails to show up when the civic duty of voting,” Lalonde said. 

“This election will be the millennials' test of where their power lies. Will they use it? Or let it pass them by again? I think a voter turnout of around 60 per cent would indicate they are ready to take charge.”

The full text of Lalonde's release is below:

If there ever was an election setup for the 22-37 year old millennials to show they finally have a voice, it's this municipal election. 

Young people want services geared more to them and their young families but still fail to vote.

Millennials statistically are vocal when it comes to displaying their concerns but still are the one group that fails to show up when the civic duty of voting. 

Yet they are the largest group to be effected by policy set by others. They develop the careers, get married and have kids, save to buy a house all within this community.

Not only is this the first time an election is geared to their lifestyle of electronic everything, and now there lifestyle has come full circle. 

This election will be the millennials test of where their power lies. Will they use it? Or let it pass them by again? I think a voter turnout of around 60% would indicate they are ready to take charge.

Learn more about Lalonde on his election page on Sudbury.com.




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