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Attitudes of Canadians toward Online Registration (20042011)

Brief Description

The purpose of this research note is to summarize public opinion towards electronic voter registration services. It aims to determine the extent to which attitudes towards online registration among electors and candidates have evolved between 2004 and 2011, and to provide insights into future uptake of electronic registration among electors. The note draws from data from the Survey of Electors of 2004, 2006, 2008, the Survey of Candidates of 2008 and 2011, and the Canadian Election StudyFootnote 1(CES) of 2011.

In addition, the note examines the socio-demographic factors associated with likelihood to use online registration, specifically age, gender, education level, disability status and urban/rural location.

Footnote 1 The CES is a longitudinal, university-based study dealing with Canadian federal elections. Elections Canada has been involved with the CES since the 1997 general election.