Ontario's 40th general election represents 100 years

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(NC)—This year marks Ontario's 40th provincial general election where there will be more days and more ways to vote than ever before. In Ontario's first election in 1867, results were recorded orally. Now, in 2011, electors will be able to vote for the first time in a provincial general election using assistive voting technology or by mailing in their ballot.

Photo 1: Election Proclamation 1911. Photographed exactly one century ago, this election proclamation would notify voters there would be an election held in their electoral district. This is an example of the earliest election communication methods. Although official proclamations are now the least widely seen communication pieces, they technically still exist. Photo: newscanada.com

“Elections in this province have a long and fascinating history,” said Greg Essensa, chief electoral officer of Ontario. “Now, instead of one day to vote, Ontarians have 29 days to choose from and eligible voters can select the option that best suits their needs.”

Historical highlights of provincial general elections in Ontario include:

1867: Only 13 per cent of the population was eligible to vote in the province of Ontario's first election.

1867: An elector may have had to travel as much as three days by horse to vote.

1919: First provincial election where women had the right to vote.

1919: Allan Dymond was appointed the first Chief Electoral Officer.

1954: Aboriginal electors in Ontario could vote without having to renounce their treaty rights.

1971: The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 years old.

2011: The first provincial general election where voters can choose to vote using assistive voting technology or to cast a special ballot by mail.

The increased number of voting options and enhanced outreach to voters is all part of Elections Ontario's strategy to put electors first. Learn more about where, when or how to vote, or to download the More Days More Ways catalogue of voting options to plan for a personalized voting experience that meets your needs online at wemakevotingeasy.ca.


Geographic location: Ontario

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