Voter/non-voter rates

An interesting comparison of enrolled voter/non-voter rates by age group from


The 18-24 group is larger because it covers 7 years, the rest are five year groupings except for 70+

Enrolments improve as people get older but after the fifties they start to die off more.

By the time of the last general election in 2014, nearly 23 per cent of registered voters did not vote, and a further 252,581 eligible voters did not even enrol.

It’s looking like it could be worse this year – the registration data showed just over 349,000 eligible voters had yet to enrol, said Richard Shaw, Professor of Politics at Massey University, in May.

More will have enrolled since May and from now until the election.

It’s hard to know what the voter turnout will be in September. The lack of a strong alternative may put some people off voting.

“Broadly speaking, those who are quietly shuffling away from electoral politics tend to be Maori, people without work or on low incomes, and members of some recent migrant communities (especially those from nations without long-standing democratic norms and conventions).”

From Older Kiwi voters still out in force, but what about our younger citizens?



  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 25, 2017

    Interesting demographic curve. Makes me think the scare talk about superannuation being unaffordable is the nonsense Littlewood says it is.

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