Election turnout up for all age groups

Media releases 2017 General Election

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.

Age band

2014GE Turnout

2017GE Turnout

Change

18 - 24

62.7%

69.3%

6.5%

25 - 29

62.1%

67.6%

5.5%

30 - 34

67.4%

70.9%

3.5%

35 - 39

72.8%

74.3%

1.5%

40 - 44

76.2%

77.8%

1.6%

45 - 49

78.6%

80.0%

1.4%

50 - 54

80.8%

81.9%

1.1%

55 - 59

83.3%

84.1%

0.8%

60 - 64

86.0%

86.2%

0.3%

65 - 69

88.1%

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%).