In the 2011 Canadian General Election 14.3% of all valid votes were cast at an advance poll (7 to 10 days before Election Day). This represented a 30% increase from the proportion that used the advanced poll in the 2008 election. This brief note considers the implications of this change with particular focus on who votes early and its role in both encouraging turnout and impacting the election outcome. It is clear, however, that while people interested in the campaign are more likely to vote early than those who are not, voting early is not a sign of voter interest in the campaign.
PDF version of the report is available here: Jenkins Research-2011-Voting Early