NZ's surge in youth voter enrolments

  • 30/08/2017

There's been a surge in young Kiwis signing up to vote in next month's general election.

Since August 1 the Electoral Commission has enrolled 16,694 young people in the 18-29 age bracket.

In the same period Jacinda Ardern became Labour leader and James Shaw became the sole leader of the Green Party after Metiria Turei's resignation.

So while it's been a time of ups and downs for political parties it seems something has engaged young voters.

There's a diverse choice of parties and candidates to choose from - 16 registered parties are contesting the election, one more than in 2014.

A total 534 list and electorate candidates have got the chance to enter parliament, a slight drop on the 554 at the last election.

The biggest contest is in Tauranga where 11 people are contesting the seat while it's just a two horse race in Hauraki-Waikato and Waiariki.

There's more women contesting the election this year compared to three years ago, with 190 in the running. But almost two thirds of candidates - 341 - are men. Three are gender diverse or not specified.

And as for who's voting the Electoral Commission says enrolments are already higher this year than three years ago.

There are 3,167,252 names on the roll but enrolments are still open until September 22.

"We're very pleased with the increase in enrolments and we expect another big jump before election day," chief electoral officer Alicia Wright said.

"You need to be enrolled to be able to vote and have your say in this election, so if you're not on the roll already, get it sorted now."

THE 2017 ELECTION BY NUMBERS:

  • 16 political parties
  • 534 candidates
  • 81 list only candidates
  • 87 electorate only candidates
  • 46 independent or unregistered party electorate candidates
  • 190 women
  • 341 men
  • 3 not specified.

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