Challenge and Change: Elections and Voting

Elisabeth Gidengil

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195335354
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Challenge and Change: Elections and Voting

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A vast territory, deep regional and linguistic differences, and a diverse population pose a challenge to the administration of elections and the determination of voting behavior. Election management in Canada has changed in recent years. Campaign financing is more strictly controlled that ever, advance voting and same-day registration have been introduced to facilitate easier voting, and fixed-term elections have been introduced. This article discusses the changes and challenges faced by the Canadian elections and voting system. Among the challenges faced are the efforts to enhance the equity and fairness of the electoral process. These efforts are seen as conflicting with the right of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter. Among the changes Canadian electoral processes have undergone are the emergence of campaigns, the pervasiveness of media coverage, decentralized federalism, and the introduction of a single-member plurality electoral system. Some of the topics discussed in this article include: managing elections, voter registration, distribution of seats, and anomalies in the Canadian electoral system.

Keywords: elections; voting behavior; election management; Campaign financing; advance voting; Canadian elections; voting; electoral processes; campaigns

Article.  8428 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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