Last week, Statistics Canada released data on voter turnout by age in the 2011 Canadian federal election. So, we decided to take that information and apply it to past elections.
The graph below shows the change in percentage of voter turnout for each age group in Canada. For example, the turnout for voters aged 18-34 was 37.4% in 2008 — 6.4 percentage points lower than 2006. That difference is shown in the blue bar in the “2006-2008″ column.
The 2008 election, by the way, holds the record for lowest turnout in a Canadian federal election. Things got a bit better in 2011.
Sources: Elections Canada, Statistics Canada