Concerned about the phenomenon of the decline in voter turnout and, in particular, about the historic low of 57.43% reached at the time of the December 2008 general election, the Directeur général des élections du Québec has given priority to the study of this question in recent months.
In keeping with his 2007-2009 research plan, the Directeur général des élections du Québec is currently working with the Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires (Université Laval) on a research project on voter turnout. Professor François Gélineau of the Political Science Department of Université Laval is directing the scientific aspects of this research.
The voter turnout research project is divided into different components. The first will provide a profile of voters and non-voters, based on information from the archived lists of electors from Québec general elections between 1985 and 2008, and on socio-demographic data obtained from Statistics Canada. This component of the project should be completed during the fall of 2010.
The second component was carried out during the December 2008 general elections. It included a survey administered to a representative sample of electors, and was designed to identify the factors influencing voter turnout. The research report (PDF document) (in French) is available on the institution’s website.