New campaign designed to increase voter turnout
A new campaign has been launched to increase voter turnout in the 2019 Local Authority Elections.
Called Vote2019NZ, it is a joint campaign between Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Local Government (SOLGM).
Since the 1980s Local Authority Election turnout has been declining in many parts of New Zealand. The campaign which will run until the 12 October polling date, is designed to change this and lift voter turnout. It is also hoped it will encourage citizens with a passion for their local community to consider standing as candidates themselves.
While local body turnout varies significantly across different age groups and areas, LGNZ survey results have shown that the total national voter turnout for the 2016 election was just 43 percent, with the highest voter turnout in the 70-plus age group.
Enrolment statistics for Tararua as at 31 March 2019 showed 98.52 percent of those in the 70-plus age group were enrolled, compared with 86.37 percent in the 45-49 age group and just 80.69 in the 18-24 age group.
While there are undoubtedly many reasons why people aren’t enrolled and choose not to vote, when asked the main reasons given were they didn’t know enough about the candidates, they forgot or left it too late, they’re not interested or they’re too busy.
The Vote2019NZ campaign aims to address these issues and ensure people have access to the candidates standing in their community and the voting process, including when, where and how to vote.
The goal of this year’s campaign is that the first time in nearly two decades, local government will be elected by a majority of New Zealanders.
Visit www.vote2019.co.nz for further information.