VICTORIA â€” A timeline of British Columbia’s electoral history:
1871 â€” First general election is held.
1873 â€” The secret ballot is introduced and federal MPs are disqualified from sitting as members of the legislature.
1874 â€” Chinese and Aboriginal Peoples are disenfranchised.
1878 â€” Teachers are prohibited from voting or campaigning, which is overturned five years later.
1895 â€” Japanese are disenfranchised.
1899 â€” Provincial civil servants are disenfranchised, but the policy is repealed a year later.
1907 â€” Hindus are disenfranchised.
1917 â€” Women get the right to vote.
1918 â€” The first woman, Mary Ellen Smith, runs and is elected to office in a byelection in Vancouver.
1924 â€” Premier John Oliver and Opposition leader William John Bowser are defeated in the general election.
1934 â€” Last election of a candidate by acclamation as Thomas King wins the Columbia district in a byelection.
1940 â€” 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 â€” Members of prohibited groups, if otherwise qualified, are allowed to vote if they served in either world war.
1947 â€” People without an adequate knowledge of English or French are disqualified from voting, while the prohibition against Chinese and Hindus is removed.
1949 â€” Aboriginal Peoples and Japanese are allowed to vote. Frank Calder from the Nisga’a First Nation is elected to legislature.
1952 â€” Voting age changed to 19.
1956 â€” The first Chinese-Canadian to run for a seat in a Canadian legislature is elected as Douglas Jung wins Vancouver Centre in a byelection for the Progressive Conservatives.
1977 â€” Liquor sales are allowed on election day.
1979 â€” Blind voters are able to mark their own ballots using templates.
1982 â€” People without an adequate knowledge of English or French are no longer disqualified from voting.
1986 â€” The first Indo-Canadian wins a seat in a Canadian legislature as Moe Sihota is victorious in Esquimalt.
1991 â€” Rita Johnston becomes the first woman premier as she is elected by the Social Credit caucus after Bill Vander Zalm resigns.
1992 â€” The voting age is lowered to 18 from 19.
1995 â€” The Recall and Initiative Act comes into force providing a mechanism to recall legislature members and allowing citizen initiatives to be brought before the legislature or to a provincewide referendum. British Columbia is the only jurisdiction in Canada with recall legislation.
1997 â€” The first petitions to recall legislature members are authorized, but they are ultimately unsuccessful after they fail to get the required number of signatures set by the law.
2000 â€” The first Indo-Canadian becomes premier as Ujjal Dosanjh is elected by the NDP at a convention after the resignation of premier Glen Clark.
2001 â€” Fixed election dates come into force.
2005 â€” Voters reject a system of proportional representation.
2011 â€” Voters reject the Harmonized Sales Tax in a referendum.
SOURCE: Elections BC
The Canadian Press