Above: (1) During the First
World War, special arrangements were made so that Canadian soldiers in Europe could
vote in the 1917 federal election.
(2) Military personnel were among the first electors to benefit from new voting
options that made the electoral process more accessible.
the Vote Accessible Various
voting options were introduced over
the years to accommodate electors unable to go to the polls on
election day. The postal ballot appeared in 1915, advance polls
in 1920, and proxy voting in 1970.
The desire to give every citizen
who is entitled to vote the opportunity to exercise that right also prompted
other measures. Since 1915, employers must give their staff time off during
voting hours, if their work schedule does not leave them enough time to vote.
Level access to polling stations
for persons with disabilities became a legal requirement in 1992, after Elections
Canada had taken the initiative to make it generally available since 1988. Electors
with a visual impairment can vote without assistance, using a voting template
provided by poll officials on request. Any elector who may have trouble with
voting procedures can receive assistance.
Date Created: October 23, 1999 | Last Updated: July 30, 2010