A new study finds that, for every 10 people who get married, they also become registered to vote.
Researchers from the University of Toronto have analysed data from the Ontario’s 2015 census, where they found that among married black men, 11 percent register to participate in the province’s voting system, compared to only 6 percent of married white men.
In addition, only about 1 percent of black men who married a white woman registered to participate.
The study, published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Public Policy, is the first of its kind in Canada.
According to the study, the rate of black male registered voters is higher than for any other group in Ontario.
While the researchers say that this could have an impact on how the province handles registration, they say it is unlikely that the current registration rate is reflective of actual voting behaviour among black men.
The researchers also found that, among those who married black women, those who were registered to cast ballots were about as likely as those who did not to have any voting experience.
That could mean that those who marry black women are less likely to have participated in their own voting in the past, or could mean the opposite, said the study’s lead author, Jennifer Mascaro.
“We have some of the lowest rates of voter registration among other racial/ethnic groups in Canada,” Mascaros said in a news release.
Currently, there are only about 14.8 million registered voters in Ontario, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
A total of 7.3 million registered citizens in Ontario have registered to become registered voters.
One of the study authors, Michael O’Hare, said that while registering is a necessary step for all people, it should not be a requirement for marriage.
Marriage is a ceremony that is about commitment, he added.
“It’s important that people are engaged in the process,” he said.
There are a lot of benefits that a marriage provides, including income security, the right to vote, and it’s a way to connect to communities.
“It’s about bringing a community together.”
The researchers hope their research will inspire other groups in Ontario to join the fight against marriage discrimination.