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Survey of Electors Following the 42nd General Election

7. Getting to the Poll

The vast majority of respondents felt that the timing and convenience of the place where they voted was acceptable. Most voters cast their ballot after 1pm, and most took a private vehicle to the polling station, the advance poll or the local office of Elections Canada. The vast majority of respondents also brought their VIC with them to vote.

7.1 Timing and Convenience

Almost all (95%) respondents indicated that it was convenient for them to vote (77% very convenient and 18% somewhat convenient).Footnote 27 There are no significant differences among subgroups. However, voters with a disability appear to be less likely to think it was convenient to vote (Figure 7.1). Only three percent (3%) of respondents said that it was not very convenient, and two percent (2%) indicated that it was not convenient at all. Almost all (97%) voters who voted at a polling station, advance poll or Elections Canada office indicated that they thought the location was a convenient distance from their home.

Figure 7.1: Convenience of the Voting Process

Figure 7.1: Convenience of the Voting Process
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Base: Voters only.

As for the time of day, voters were fairly evenly split between casting their ballot in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening. Just over one-quarter (26%) of respondents who voted at a polling station, advance poll or Elections Canada office indicated that they had voted before noon. One-third (33%) of these voters stated that they had voted between 1pm and 5pm, while almost one-third (29%) indicated that they had voted after 5pm (Figure 7.2).

Results of past elections show a decrease in the proportion of electors voting after 5pm, with forty-one percent (41%) in 2008 and thirty-seven percent (37%) in 2011. Consequently, the proportion of electors voting before noon (23% in 2008 and 21% in 2011) and between noon and 5pm (35% in 2008 and 38% in 2011) augmented in 2015.

Figure 7.2: Time of Day Ballot Was Cast

Figure 7.2: Time of Day Ballot Was Cast
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Base: Voters only.

  • Age: Young adults were less likely to have voted before noon (20%) and more likely to have voted after 5pm (36%) than older electors, who were more likely to have voted before noon (30%) and less likely to have voted after 5pm (24%).
  • Electors with a Disability: Voters with a disability were less likely to have voted after 5pm (17%) than electors with no disability (28%). Voters with a disability were more likely to have voted before noon (36%) than electors with no disability (27%).

7.2 Travel Method

Of the voters who travelled to the polling station, the advance poll or at the local office of Elections Canada, nearly three-quarters (74%) indicated that they took a private vehicle for travel to go to vote (Table 7.3). Conversely, almost one-quarter (24%) of voters walked to the place where they voted. Of those voters who used a private vehicle to get to their voting location, over nine-tenths (93%) did not experience any problems finding a parking space.

Table 7.3: Means of Travel to Polling Station
Q44: Which means of transport did you use to go to vote? Total
(n=2,485)
Private vehicle 74%
I walked 24%
Public transportation 1%
I biked <1%
Other <1%
Don't know/Refusal <1%

Base: Voters only.

  • Foreign-born Electors: Foreign-born electors were less likely to have used a private vehicle to go to vote (65%) and more likely to have walked (33%) than Canadian-born electors (76% and 22%, respectively).

Footnote 27 Any comparison with previous years is not possible due to how the question was written in the previous version of the survey.