Statistics show women more likely to vote

  • 19/09/2016
The turnout is lower for local body elections (file)
The turnout is lower for local body elections (file)

New Zealand's female voters outnumber their male counterparts and they are more likely to exercise their right to vote.

In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the vote and Suffrage Day, September 19, this year coincides with local government voting papers starting to go out.

Statistics NZ surveys show that women are more likely than men to cast their vote at both general and local elections.

In a survey after the 2011 general election, more than 80 percent of women said they voted, compared with 77 percent of men.

The turnout is lower for local body elections, although women (less than 65 percent) again top men (62 percent) for participation.

Statistics NZ says figures from the 2013 census showed that there were 1.66 million voting-age women in the country, outnumbering men by 137,000.

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