Participation - 2014 and beyond

How important is it that New Zealanders vote? Are we concerned that voter turnout is going down? What are the implications for the future of our democracy? If it is a problem, what do we need to do as a country to fix it? Do we need to try and turn it around? What needs to be done, and by whom?

These are the questions the Electoral Commission wants to get New Zealanders thinking about, and discussing, in 2014.

Our 2014 Participation Strategy sets out our goals for next year. It sets out the Commission’s strategy for promoting participation through to the 2014 election.

It focuses on three key streams of work:

  • starting a national discussion on the implications of declining voter participation
  • providing public information and education resources that facilitate participation
  • research on what affects participation

Some of this is work we do already, and some of it is completely new. We’ll be looking to talk to a range of New Zealanders in the lead-up to the next election, and will be adding information here as we go.

The full strategy is available for download below.

And the starting point? A conference and workshop on voter participation in May. Find out more by clicking the link below.

Valuing Our Vote Conference 29 May

Last updated: 28 March 2015