Many of the election results in Orillia would have been different had some of the younger citizens been able to cast ballots.
The CIVIX Student Vote program saw 127,000 elementary and secondary school students in Ontario cast ballots for who they wanted to see on municipal councils.
In Orillia, students participated in the program at Monsignor Lee Catholic School, Notre Dame Catholic School, Orchard Park Public School, Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School and Twin Lakes Secondary School.
If it were up to the students, Mason Ainsworth, who finished second in Monday’s race to be Orillia’s next mayor, would have the top job. He earned 395 votes, while John Maxwell had 230 and Don McIsaac, who won the actual election, placed third with 195.
Students voted for the following ward councillors.
Ward 1: Paul Cain and Whitney Smith
Ward 2: Ian Gordon and Harold Dougall
Ward 3: Elizabeth Van Houtte and, tied for second, Deval Brahmbhatt and Jay Fallis
Ward 4: Tim Lauer and Janet-Lynne Durnford
Complete Student Vote results can be found here.