A History of the Vote
a book published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, recounts
how the right to vote in this country evolved over the past 250
The book tells the story
of the vote from the time of the first elected legislatures in what
is now Canada to the 1997 federal general election. It traces changes
in voter eligibility, electioneering and voting practices, and reports
on voter turnout since Confederation.
It is the first comprehensive
history of the franchise, told from the perspective of voters, and
conceived with a broad range of readers in mind.
The 128-page text of
A History of the Vote in Canada is richly illustrated with
period photographs and drawings, images of historical documents
and election artifacts, and political cartoons.
goal in publishing A History of the Vote in Canada was to
create an educational resource and a durable reminder for Canadians
of the significance of the right to vote.