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Updated: 8th January 2019 07:57

Video urges students not to vote

Calgary university students have produced a video urging young people not to vote in the upcoming federal election.

Calgary university students have produced a video urging young people not to vote in the upcoming federal election.

The video, which is posted on YouTube, is a tongue in cheek look at the implications of not voting, said Meghan Melnyk,  a vice-president with the students' association at Mount Royal University.

"Social media is the best way [to reach students], So we wanted to do something different. Something that is going to get them thinking about the ramifications if they don't vote."

The video has different students arguing against voting for reasons such as "so our parents can continue to make the decisions for us" and "so that students can continue to be seen as apathetic."

The Mount Royal students' video is similar to an online "Don't Vote" U.S. campaign featuring celebrities that ran during the 2008 presidential election.

Students at the University of Calgary were also trying to encourage youth to vote in the upcoming May 2 federal election.

Earlier this week, students on that campus held a so-called 'vote mob,' which drew about 60 people to the south lawn of the MacEwan Student Centre.

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