ACE Election Advocacy
“By staying informed and making your voice heard, you can impact policy.”
For each federal, provincial and territorial election, ACE activates its Election Advocacy platform to inform voters and help shape public policy. Elections are an extremely valuable time for the arthritis community to register its voice and advocate for important policy objectives. If a specific policy proposal finds its way into a political party’s election platform, it’s often the result of a lot of hard work in the months, and even years, prior to an election.
ACE members and subscribers keenly follow election campaigns. To help them compare the healthcare platforms of different political parties, as part of ACE’s election advocacy process, we send questionnaires to all participating parties and candidates in an election. The survey asks key questions about the top health care issues for Canadians living with arthritis. ACE posts the responses on its website and allows people to review and consider the healthcare platforms and what they mean for people living with arthritis.
Voting during the pandemic
One area of concern for governments and voters holding an election during the COVID-19 pandemic is the ability to ensure voter turnout is high and people feel safe to vote.
New Brunswick on September 14, 2020 and Saskatchewan on October 26, 2020 are the first two jurisdictions in Canada to hold an election during the pandemic crisis. Both provinces have taken steps to minimize health risks to the public during the election, including ensuring good physical distancing practices for both voters and for election workers to follow similar to measures currently in grocery stores and other public places.
What are your concerns?
If you are required to vote in an election during the pandemic, what are your concerns as a voter living with arthritis?
Please email your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Other ways to get involved in the democratic process
When people think of participating in the democratic process, the first thing that usually comes to mind is voting in an election. However, this is just one of many ways in which you can get involved. Participation begins with simple actions such as taking an interest in what’s happening in your community or forming your own opinion about a particular topic or issue and then doing something about it. Take a look at the list below for more ways to get involved.
- Help a community association.
- Volunteer for the board of your local library, school or community centre.
- Arrange a visit to your local legislature or city hall, or a constituency office in your riding.
- Join your student council.
- Participate in a mock Parliament.
- Help with an election campaign.
- Get information from, and attend events organized by, a political party.
- Start a blog about an issue that concerns you.
- Add your name to an online petition.
- Join a group on Facebook that shares your political views.
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