TRURO - If students were voting in Monday's federal election they would have returned Scott Armstrong to Ottawa.
Ten schools in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley took part in Student Vote, the fourth time a parallel federal election has occurred.
Armstrong won at five of the 10 schools and tied at another but didn't win at Truro Junior High School, where he attended classes. He finished second to the NDP's Wendy Robinson by a 46-34 count.
After learning about the democratic process, researching the political parties' platforms and debating the future of the country, students cast their ballots.
"More schools and students participated in Student Vote 2011 than ever before," said Taylor Gunn, chief election officer for Student Vote. "Tens of thousands of teachers put democracy on the curriculum in this election. The future of our country depends on the efficacy of educators to develop the skills of citizenship within our youth."
Armstrong, the incumbent Conservative who held the seat for about 500 days before the election call, received 530 of the 1543 votes (34 per cent) ahead of the Green Party's Jason Blanch (25 per cent), Robinson (23.5 per cent), Liberals Jim Burrows (14.5 per cent) and the Christian Heritage Party's Jim Hnatiuk (2.6 per cent).
Votes were held at the following schools: Northport Consolidated Elementary School, École acadienne de Truro, Redcliff Middle School, Truro Junior High School, Central Colchester Junior High School, Springhill junior/senior high school, Pugwash District High School, Musquodoboit Rural High, Parrsboro Regional High and Amherst Adult High School.