Public Opinion Survey Following the October 24, 2016, By-election in the Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner Riding
Voter Information Card and Registration
This section explores issues related to the VIC, as well as knowledge of registration and related issues.
Most Electors Received VIC
Most of those who were aware of the by-election (86%) said that they received their voter information card.
Receipt of Voter Information Card
Among respondents aware of the by-election, the likelihood of saying they received their voter information card increased with age, from 68% among 18- to 24-year-olds to 92% among those 55 and older, as well as with education levels, from 81% among high school–educated electors to 90% among university graduates.
Virtually Everyone Said VIC Had Correct Information
When those who said they received their voter information card were asked if the card had their correct name on it, 98% said it did. When asked whether the card had their correct address, 99% said the address was correct.
Information on Voter Information Card
Four in Five Brought VIC to Vote
Of those who voted in the election in person, 82% said they brought their voter information card with them to vote.
Brought Voter Information Card to Vote
Moderate Knowledge of Registration Needs
More than three quarters (77%) of all respondents knew that voters need to be registered to vote in Canadian federal elections.
Knowledge that electors must be registered to vote was higher among 18- to 24-year-olds (87%) and those aged 55 and older (83%). In addition, knowledge decreased with education, with those having completed high school or less being more likely to know that voters must be registered than university-educated electors (80% vs. 70%).
Knowledge about Voting
Of those who did not receive a voter information card (13%), over half (54%) did not do anything to find out if they were registered. Sixteen percent said they found out at the polling station or local Elections Canada office.
Half Aware of Online Voter Registration
Of those who were aware of the need to be registered to vote (77%), more than half (54%) knew that electors could use an online voter registration service. Conversely, 17% thought this was not possible, and slightly less than one third (29%) simply did not know.
Awareness of Election Canada's Online Voter Registration Service
Awareness of the Online Voter Registration Service was highest among 25- to 34-year-olds (80%) and students (77%).