Elections by the Numbers

elections by the number

At a glance

In this activity, students

  • think about trends in their school or community
  • make predictions about possible voting trends
  • analyze two data sets—a graph showing voter turnout in Canada since Confederation, and a table showing voting turnout by age from the 2011 and 2015 federal elections
  • create a concept for how to show the table data effectively, and
  • examine the Elections Canada infographic of the same data and compare it to their own ideas.

Big idea

Voter turnout changes over time. It is important to understand voter turnout numbers because participation in elections affects our democracy.


This activity is designed for a mathematics or data management classroom. It can also be used in a language arts or social studies classroom. For curriculum connections in your province or territory, consult our curriculum guide.



Time needed:

60 minutes