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Election turnout up for all age groups

Wednesday 01 November 2017
Electoral Commission
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Election turnout up for all age groups

The turnout of voters at the 2017 General Election was up on 2014 across all age groups, with a 6.5% increase for younger voters.

Overall turnout as a percentage of enrolled electors was 79.8%, the highest turnout since 2005 when it was 80.9%.

The Electoral Commission has released a breakdown of voting statistics for the 2017 General Election by age and Māori descent which can be found at http://www.elections.org.nz/events/2017-general-election/2017-general-election-results/voter-turnout-statistics.

The figures show an increase in the number of voters as a proportion of enrolled electors in each age band compared with the 2014 election.

Age band2014GE Turnout2017GE TurnoutChange
18 - 2462.7%69.3%6.5%
25 - 2962.1%67.6%5.5%
30 - 3467.4%70.9%3.5%
35 - 3972.8%74.3%1.5%
40 - 4476.2%77.8%1.6%
45 - 4978.6%80.0%1.4%
50 - 5480.8%81.9%1.1%
55 - 5983.3%84.1%0.8%
60 - 6486.0%86.2%0.3%
65 - 6988.1%88.2%0.2%
70+85.8%86.3%0.6%

The turnout of voters who have identified themselves as being of Māori descent has also increased across the Māori and General Rolls from 67.6% in 2014 to 71.1% in 2017 (3.5%).


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