Voter turnout by age group

Here are the final voter turnout totals and percentages by age band for the 2017 election:

2017VotterTurnout

Turnout is voters as % of total enrolled.

Under 30 turnout increased significantly more than older age brackets. This may be due to efforts to encourage young people to vote, and may also be influenced by increasingly easy advance voting options, including polling booths on university campuses.

It may also be that younger peoeple were more inclined to vote this time because Labour suddenly didn’t look hopeless any more, and Jacinda Ardern encouraged them to participate.

Whatever the reasons, higher turnout, especially of young voters, is a good thing.

Age band comparison of turnout:

2017VoterTurnoutChart

Source: http://www.elections.org.nz/events/2017-general-election/2017-general-election-results/voter-turnout-statistics

10 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 2, 2017

    Whatever the reasons, higher turnout, especially of young voters, is a good thing.

    No it isn’t. As I’ve pointed out before, many of the most despotic and evil political movements in the world, now and in history, gain their strength by manipulating ignorant and easily led youth. It is much preferable that those who know very little don’t make important decisions.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 2, 2017

      If I had a dollar for every young fool that went off to war thinking it was an exciting adventure and came back a broken wreck I’d be a billionaire.

      Much the same applies to those who voted for Jacinda.

    • duperez

       /  November 2, 2017

      Many of the most despotic and evil political movements in the world, now and in history, undoubtedly gained their strength by manipulating ignorant and easily led.

      If the goal is to gain power manipulating the ignorant and easily led is valid. Surely you’re not suggesting that one side in the recent election sought to manipulate the ignorant and easily led while the others didn’t?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 2, 2017

        One side projected aspirational nirvada while the other claimed sound governance. No prizes for guessing who went after the young and naive – with the active assistance of the Lefty media both here and overseas.

        • Gezza

           /  November 2, 2017

          I don’t think you ever said who you were voting for Al?
          Which Party and Candidate did you vote for?
          (It’s fine if you don’t want to answer because you’re too embarrassed to say.)

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 2, 2017

          I didn’t vote, Sir Gerald, because we left NZ before the voting papers came out and it would have been far too much hassle to organise it from SA. More interested in staying alive there. First time I haven’t voted.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 2, 2017

            (I notice several people have been mugged and/or killed while driving through Mitchells Plain on main roads since we left – a route my guides were careful to avoid on one of our trips.)

          • Gezza

             /  November 2, 2017

            Who would you have voted for, had you voted, then, Sir Alan? If I may be so boldly, doggedly, and damnably, persistent?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 2, 2017

              I would have voted King for electorate and either Nat or ACT party depending whether I thought the ACT one might bring another MP or not.

  2. duperez

     /  November 2, 2017

    Nothing wrong with projecting aspirational nirvana or claiming sound governance. I reckon they were all after the young and naive, the old and naive – and the deluded. Every vote counts.