New Zealand

Low turnout at local elections


Minister for Local Government, Chris Tremain, is considering trialling electronic voting in three councils after a record low turnout in local government elections which took place on Sunday but which used postal voting.

Turnout on Sunday was just 40%, even lower than the 44% of the 2007 elections. In Auckland turnout was 34%, down from 50% in 2010 and in Christchurch it was 41% down from 51%.

The minister is also considering the idea of making voting compulsory although a number of commentators are calling for the government to return to voting in person.

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