School student vote chooses NDP minority with Liberal opposition in Ontario

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TORONTO - If those too young to vote had their way, Ontario would have a minority NDP government.

More than 320,000 students under the voting age of 18 cast ballots as part of Student Vote's provincial parallel election.

After learning about the democratic process, researching the party platforms, hosting candidate town halls and in-class debates, students cast their ballots for local candidates.

Preliminary results indicate the students elected an NDP-minority government and Liberal opposition — the two parties separated by only two seats.

A total of 321,736 votes were reported from 2,109 schools representing all 107 electoral districts in the province.

The NDP won 41 seats, the Liberals took 39, while the Progressive Conservatives were elected in 24 and the Green party in three.

Geographic location: Ontario

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