More voters living on First Nations turned out to vote in the 2015 federal election than in the previous election held in 2011.

Elections Canada released data that indicating that in the 2015 election, voter turnout for registered electors living on First Nation reserves was 61.5%. It is an increase of 14.1 % from the 2011 federal election, which had a voter turn out of 47.4%.

This number is obtained from votes cast on reserves during advance voting days and election day, but excludes votes cast by special ballot.

Compared to the 2011 election, voter turnout for the general population increased by 6 percentage points. The gap between turnout on reserves and turnout among the general population is the lowest observed by Elections Canada since it began calculating turnout for Aboriginal populations in 2004.

Elections Canada does not capture demographic information at the polls; therefore, data does not include Aboriginal people who voted at polls located off-reserve. The study is limited to a population of 360,620 electors living on reserves, about 10% of whom are not of Aboriginal descent. Statistics Canada estimates that 1.4 million Canadians are of Aboriginal descent.



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