Estimation of Voter Turnout by Age Group
The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada has a mandate to make the electoral process better known to Canadians, particularly to those who might experience difficulty in exercising their right to vote. For this reason, Elections Canada is carrying out research on how people participate in elections. This study is one of the initiatives aimed at better understanding the dynamics of electoral participation, chiefly among the youngest voters.
Since 2004, under the Chief Electoral Officer's authority, Elections Canada is using administrative data from the electoral process to obtain a sample of electors who voted at an advance poll, by special ballot or at a polling station on election day. By using these figures with the year of birth of each sampled elector obtained from the National Register of Electors, Elections Canada is able to produce estimates by age group. The same methodology was used in each turnout study between 2004 and 2011, thus allowing for comparison. For 2008 and 2011, a breakdown by gender is also included.