Our newly elected council would look slightly different if it were up to students in our region.
Last week hundreds of children from 21 schools across Wood Buffalo took part in Student Vote, which teaches kids about government and the electoral process and how to research the candidate’s platforms.
The ballots are counted by each school and reported to CIVIX with the results being released publicly on election night.
Much like the actual unofficial municipal election results, students chose Don Scott for mayor receiving 1041 votes, followed by Allan Grandison with 295, Tony Needham pulling in 121 votes, and Allan Vinni getting 82.
Students had a different opinion from Fort McMurray residents on who should represent Ward 1.
The students picked Adem Campbell, Mike Allen, Krista Balsom, J. Paul McLeod, Keith McGrath, and Verna Murphy.
Dan Mercredi and Scott Clayton Flett received the most votes in Ward 2. Ward 3 results were the same as the actual civic election with Shelia Lalonde taking the seat, while it was a tie in Ward 4 with Jane Stroud and Kevin Tremblay each receiving 11 votes.
In total, according to Student Vote, 82,284 ballots were cast by student participants from 758 schools in 124 municipalities across Alberta.