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Survey of Electors Following the 41st General Election

Appendix 5: Electors with Disabilities

Overall, electors with a disability did not differ in a statistically significant manner from electors without a disability in terms of most aspects of voting behaviour and attitudes. The exceptions included a greater likelihood on the part of those with a disability to bring their Voter Information Card with them to the polls (91% vs. 83% of others), to go to vote from home (89% vs. 79% without a disability), to recall having received the Elections Canada brochure (43% vs. 34%), to have been served at the polls in English (88% vs. 74%), and to think that Elections Canada ran the election fairly (91% vs. 82%).They were slightly less likely than electors without a disability to feel that the building where they voted was accessible (96% vs. 99%).

In terms of their technological profile, electors with a disability did differ from those without a disability. They were less likely to have access to the Internet at home (88% vs. 67% without a disability). They were also less likely to use Facebook (32% vs. 51%), Twitter (3% vs. 10%), smart phones (7% vs. 28%), and instant messaging (22% vs. 39%), and to discuss politics online (14% vs. 19%). That said, the difference between non-voting electors with a disability and those without in terms of their likelihood to say they would have voted had it been possible to do so online was not statistically significant.