Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Timeline of Events in British Columbia's Electoral History

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Timeline of Events in British Columbia's Electoral History

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A timeline of events in B.C.'s electoral history

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VICTORIA - A timeline of British Columbia's electoral history:

1871 -- First general election is held.

1873 -- The secret ballot is introduced and federal MPs are disqualified from sitting as members of the legislature.

1874 -- Chinese and Aboriginal Peoples are disenfranchised.

1878 -- Teachers are prohibited from voting or campaigning, which is overturned five years later.

1895 -- Japanese are disenfranchised.

1899 -- Provincial civil servants are disenfranchised, but the policy is repealed a year later.

1907 -- Hindus are disenfranchised.

1917 -- Women get the right to vote.

1918 -- The first woman, Mary Ellen Smith, runs and is elected to office in a byelection in Vancouver.

1924 -- Premier John Oliver and Opposition leader William John Bowser are defeated in the general election.

1934 -- Last election of a candidate by acclamation as Thomas King wins the Columbia district in a byelection.

1940 -- All ballots state political party or interest of candidates, and returning officers are no longer required to proclaim "oyez! oyez! oyez!" on election day.

1945 -- Members of prohibited groups, if otherwise qualified, are allowed to vote if they served in either world war.

1947 -- People without an adequate knowledge of English or French are disqualified from voting, while the prohibition against Chinese and Hindus is removed.

1949 -- Aboriginal Peoples and Japanese are allowed to vote. Frank Calder from the Nisga'a First Nation is elected to legislature.

1952 -- Voting age changed to 19. …

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