Stuff: Roughly one million didn’t turn out #derision14

The official election results will be announced on October 4

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### Stuff Last updated 16:03 21/09/2014
Voter turnout near record low
By Charlie Mitchell
Roughly a million people didn’t show up to vote for Saturday’s election, making it one of New Zealand’s worst turnouts in the last century. An estimated 77.04 per cent of enrolled voters took part in the election, slightly higher than the 74.2 per cent turnout in 2011, which was the worst in percentage terms since before women got the right to vote in 1893.

This year’s result still ranks as the third-worst turnout in the last 100 years, with the number of non-voters almost tallying to the number of votes that went to National.

The estimated results are based on the 2,405,652 votes received before voting closed, which includes nearly 300,000 special votes that are yet to be counted. Voter turnout has been on a downward slide since the 1960s, when it consistently reached 90 per cent. It has declined in each election since the advent of MMP, with the exception of 2002.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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9 responses to “Stuff: Roughly one million didn’t turn out #derision14

  1. Mike

    Yes one of the worst turnouts ever … it’s worth noting that Dunedin South had the 3rd best turnout in the country (bearing in mind that specials haven’t been counted yet).

    • Cars

      Mike, Calvin may not agree, but some of the great minds live in South Dunedin! And of course some don’t.

      What is interesting is that the electorate continues to vote Labour despite neither Labour or National have ever done anything which benefits the voters of South Dunedin. Quite the opposite.

  2. Peter

    In some ways are we missing anything from these people who can’t be arsed to vote? Would they make an intelligent, informed vote, anyhow? It’s not always a case of ‘feeling disenfranchised/disempowered’….. or whatever other noble excuse might exist.
    When you get people increasingly brain dead with TV programmes like America’s Next Top Model, Masterchef NZ or New Zealand’s Got Talent etc, we can see how ‘The People’ have been turned off.
    Let’s face it, we live in a dumbing down age. This suits the politicians. Getting out the vote is great when you can feed the voters with hogwash and get them to vote for your particular brand of hogwash. OK, I might be being cynical.

  3. Elizabeth

    Peter, that’s definitely something to think about – whether New Zealand is better off without them not voting?! On the whole, I selfishly despise their lack of responsibility and lack of meaningful or active engagement with New Zealand democracy and politics. Perhaps they’re accountable to society in other ways, that are not all bad, but who would know.

  4. Cars; I concede some of the great minds live in South Dunedin, or at least used to. Malcolm Farry is one that comes to mind. By the same token that doesn’t explain why South Dunedin, or total Dunedin for that matter, votes Labour. It used to be said, in the days of party factions, that there was an anomaly here in Dunedin, where Labour won on the national scene yet the ‘Citizen’ party always won the Mayoralty and local bodies votes. It was a conservative town by and large, not much given for change. Today, we are awash with information, most of which is not relative to the local or even national wellbeing. A pop singer gets more attention than the prime minister, Rugby gets top of the bill all the time, the Americas Cup is right up there as well. No-one wants to live in reality any more, Just increase your debt, fill up with goodies, clap on the ‘iPhone’ ear plugs and drift off into a singular world. Who the hell wants to be listening to the ‘lies’, ‘false promises’ and ‘Bullshit’ of politicians? Jeez, the sods even expect us to vote for them. Why in hell would we do that?

  5. Elizabeth

    Steve Maharey: Journey to the centre of real world
    Labour moved left to secure what it assumed was its base and never moved back. Over six years it failed to effectively oppose the Government and propose a coherent policy platform that won the support of 40 per cent of voters. It persisted in arguing New Zealand was on the wrong track (which it may well be) when most voters thought the opposite.

  6. Steve Maharey has got it in one. Too much navel gazing and internecine squabbling. The National Party over 6 years had started by opening out the wealth gap with the very substantial tax cuts for the higher earners followed by the vicious increase in GST which hit the middle to lower earners the worst. Then there was the ‘asset sales’ which were touted as being for the ‘mums and dads’ to invest. Knowing all the while that past experience showed that the ‘mums and dads’ were very short term holders, being relieved quickly by the ‘corporates’, mostly overseas domiciled. This results in a dividend stream going offshore with the power prices being hiked up to retain the government’s required cash flow. Again, it is the middle lower earners being hit the hardest.
    Did Labour take all this grist on board and go for the jugular on these mass factors during the campaign? Not that I was aware of. No, they were too hung up in the personalities assasinations when ‘Teflon John’ kept repeating we were on track and had a ‘rocket economy’ going full ahead.
    People don’t want to hear about politicians’ fancy ‘claptrap’, they just needed to be reminded of their position and how it has deteriorated over the last six years, and hear how it would get better if they voted the right way. No doubt about who got that message across.

  7. Peter

    Australia leaves NZ in the dust as far as rough and tumble personality politics. Former PM, Paul Keating, was the master of the withering putdown. However, he sometimes managed to be funny with it.
    Politicians and people are more sensitive souls over here, jumping on the ‘you’re being personal’ bandwagon whenever their feelings are hurt. It’s kind of hypocritical here. During the period of the stadium build up, the ODT would hop onto this bandwagon very quickly to give ‘the anti stadium brigade’ bad press with anything that could be construed as ‘personal’. I remember the fuss over Pat McCarthy cartoons, none of which were any less scathing than some of Garrick Tremain’s cartoons.
    Of course the shoe never was on the other foot. Farry, in particular, could be very unpleasant, but that was ok because we all got to know what he was really like and it helped us.

  8. Elizabeth

    “Houston, we have a problem.”

    We need our own solution to a growing iniquity, writes Peter Lyons.
    This election was a vote for the status quo.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 24 Sep 2014
    What does it say when they kick in your front door?
    By Peter Lyons
    On Monday I made several thousand dollars on paper. The share prices of electricity companies surged following the election. If I had sold my holdings I would pay no tax on my gains because I am an investor rather than a trader. Meanwhile, a worker who spent the day toiling in a warehouse or factory might earn $15 an hour and pay a marginal tax rate of 17.5%.
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