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2015 National Youth Survey

2016

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In fact, 96% of youth and 99% of the 35+ group were aware of the need to prove identity, while 91% of youth and 96% of older adults were aware of the need to prove address. [...] While getting to the polling station appears to have been somewhat or very easy for nearly all youth and older voters, among non-voters the perception of difficulty was greater: 18% of youth non-voters and 19% of non-voters over the age of 35 thought it would have been at least somewhat difficult to get to their voting location. [...] Understanding barriers to voting is essential for both Elections Canada and youth-serving organizations to be able to effectively reach out to youth and provide them with the information they need on where, when and the different ways to vote. [...] Objectives and Scope of Survey The purpose of the survey, which was national in scope, was to provide research findings to allow Elections Canada to better understand the access and motivational barriers to voting among Canadian youth aged 18 to 34, with additional information on subgroups. [...] Those under the age of 35 display some differences in their ways of voting: those between 18 and 22 are most likely to say they voted at the advance polls in comparison to others and the least likely to have voted on election day.6 6 It is possible that some youth who reported voting at the advance polls in fact voted at one of the 71 Elections Canada satellite offices that opened at select campus

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