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Exercising your Right to Vote
This coming Tuesday, May 9th is a Provincial Election Day in British Columbia. And while I have considered the great gains that have been made over the years to allow women to vote, I have not personally given much thought to the measures that are in place for the disabled or elderly voters. This year, I decided to look a little more into accommodations that would be available to my folks in their advanced years.
100 Years of Women Voting in BC
To start, I found this interesting write-up on the BC Elections website, commemorating 100 years of women voting in BC!
Options for Exercising your Right to Vote
There are so many options available to make voting easy! I am so thrilled to see that as my folks’ mobility wains, there are several options to make voting possible for them!
Advance Polling Stations are a great option for individuals with mobility challenges. Often, line-ups are often negligible compared with the actual election day. If physically getting to a polling station is a challenge consider an option to request a voting package by mail!
And finally, even a mobile voting option, which essentially brings the polling station to you. Note that this is really for those situations when you would otherwise be unable to vote.
Elections Canada has a bunch of info on their website as well, for national elections. Including but no limited to: info for people with disabilities, or those who live in a hospital or long-term care facility, or will be out-of-town on election day! Really, there should be no reason standing in our way of exercising our right to vote! Aside, of course from serious illness. We’ve come a long way in my dad’s lifetime. And I stand so impressed at the extent to which our government makes it possible for everyone to cast their vote!
So today, we braved the rain and walked over to the Advance Polling Station that is at my folks’ retirement community. The line-ups were non-existent. Surprisingly, the whole round-trip took us less than 20 minutes! It was inspiring to see my folks gather up the energy to go and put a little “x” beside someone’s name. A remarkable process that makes Canada what she is – 150 years strong!