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41st General Election Evaluations (May 2, 2011)

The report on the conduct of the 41st general election, held on May 2, 2011 is noted below. It includes a synopsis of other reports located on this page:

The following surveys, studies and post-mortems were conducted to assess the 41st general election:



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Estimation of Voter Turnout by Age Group and Gender

The Estimation of Voter Turnout by Age Group and Gender Report was conducted internally by Elections Canada. This study uses administrative data from the electoral process to create a sample of electors who voted during the 41st general election. The year of birth of each elector was then extracted from the National Register of Electors to develop estimates by age group, based on the sample. Estimates are also available by province and territory. This study was initiated after the 2004 general election and replicated since then.

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Survey of Electors

The Survey of Electors Following the 41st General Election is based on interviews with over 2,500 voters, with added oversamples of youth (aged 18 to 24) and Aboriginal persons living off and on reserve. The survey measures electors’ experiences, attitudes and opinions regarding various aspects of the 41st general election. It was conducted by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives.

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National Youth Survey

The National Youth Survey Report is based on interviews with a national random sample of 1,372 youth and a non-random sample of 1,293 youth from specific subgroups of interest – namely, Aboriginal youth, ethnocultural youth, unemployed youth who were not in school, disabled youth and youth residing in rural areas. This study was commissioned to allow Elections Canada to better target and tailor its outreach activities and educational initiatives to Canadian youth aged 18 to 34. The survey was conducted by R.A. Malatest & Associates.

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Survey of Administrators Regarding the Use of the Voter Information Card as Proof of Address

This survey is based on interviews with administrators in seniors’ residences and long-term care facilities (n=751), First Nations band offices (n=40) and student residences (n=17). This study was commissioned to evaluate the impact of an Elections Canada initiative that made it possible for electors to use the voter information card as one of two authorized pieces of identification at selected polling stations during the 41st general election. The survey was conducted by EKOS Research Associates.

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Survey of Candidates

For the Survey of Candidates of the 41st Federal General Election, 1,008 candidates who ran in the 2011 general election were interviewed to assess their experience and measure various attitudes, such as their perceptions of the Canadian electoral system and their satisfaction with the administration of the election. The survey was conducted by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives.

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Survey of Election Officers

The Survey of Election Officers Following the 41st Federal General Election is based on interviews with over 3,200 election officers (deputy returning officers, information officers and central poll supervisors working at polling stations) about the administration of the election. This survey was conducted by Leger Marketing.

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Local Outreach in the 41st General Election

During the 41st general election, a number of evaluation activities were conducted that related, in whole or in part, to local outreach and to the Community Relations Officer Program. This report summarizes the key observations from these activities

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Returning Officers Report of Proceedings

The Returning Officers (RO) Report of Proceedings is based on the results of a mail-back questionnaire that all 308 returning officers had to complete shortly after the 41st general election. This report measures the returning officers’ level of satisfaction with, and their opinions about, Elections Canada’s products and services for the 41st general election. The questionnaires were sent out and summarized by Elections Canada, and the report was analyzed by Leger Marketing.

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Returning Officers Post-mortem Sessions

This document is a summary of topics and frequent comments identified during the 13 post-mortem sessions that took place with the returning officers after the 41st general election. These sessions gave returning officers the opportunity to express themselves on eight key topics, focusing on best practices, challenges and principal issues.

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Community Relations Officers Survey

The Community Relations Officers Survey Following the 41st General Election is based on the results of a mail-back questionnaire completed by 308 community relations officers. This report documents their experiences in the field during the 41st general election. The survey was administered by Elections Canada, and the results were analyzed by Leger Marketing.

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