Seizing the Opportunity
Over 250 years of history, voting
has evolved from a rare privilege to a universal right. Political power in
Canada was transferred first from the colonial authorities to a select few
among the population, then gradually to every citizen over 18 years of age.
As the right to vote was extended, so too were the mechanisms by which
electors can cast their votes. As a result, exercising this right today is
simply a question of seizing the opportunity every time an election is
called. Yet on average, about one out of four electors still forfeits that
opportunity. The next step in the evolution of elections is to progress
toward full electoral participation.