Enrolment Stats

July 6th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The has published some interesting stats on how many people in each age group are enrolled, compared to their estimated population.

The stats for NZ as a whole (they have them for each electorate) are:

  • 18 – 24 year olds – 75%
  • 25 – 29 84%
  • 30 – 34 92%
  • 35 – 64 98%
  • 65 – 69 97%
  • 70+ 95%

It is a pity the Electoral Commission doesn’t record centrally who actually voted when they do the scrutiny of the rolls, because then they could calculate the actual voting turnout for each age group, not just the enrolment percentage.

In my seat of Wellington Central, only 58% of under 25s are enrolled.

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10 Responses to “Enrolment Stats”

  1. East Wellington Superhero (1,139 comments) says:

    It’s pretty bloody easy to vote in NZ. You can vote beforehand, and vote from almost anywhere. So, I’m not too worried about the votes of people to lazy to vote, not being in the pool. And I certainly won’t be doing any handwringing over this issue. Democracy is about having the power to remove rat-bags from office, not about getting some warm fuzzie concensus government.

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  2. mikenmild (12,349 comments) says:

    It might be interesting to see whether these have changed much over time and consider any relationship to the overall turnout percentages.

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  3. Pete George (23,796 comments) says:

    I’ve done comparisons of Dunedin North, Dunedin South and New Zealand:
    http://yourdunedin.org/2012/07/06/dunedin-electoral-enrolment-statistics/

    Dunedin North 18-24 is very low at 47% and has a low total.

    Overall:
    Dunedin North 78.39%
    Dunedin South 96.02%
    New Zealand 92.82%

    Dunedin North is a unique electorate dominated by the University and Polytechnic (students and staff) plus the CBD. Dunedin South contrasts with that.

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,278 comments) says:

    LOL in my electorate the stats for all the cohorts over 44 are greater than 100%, vote early and vote often!

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  5. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    DPF,

    Is the 58% of under 25s in WN Central a measure against the total temporary and permanent residents under 25, or specifically those who are only eligible to enrol in WN Central and do not?

    We have a large student body under 25 who are only temporary residents in Wellington and who are able (and we believe do) enrol in their ‘home’ electorates.

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  6. fish_boy (152 comments) says:

    A shockingly low 46.3% of 18-24 year olds are enrolled in Auckland central – and one would presume actually voting numbers would be even less; in the next two cohorts (25-29 and 30-34) it is scarcely better with only 62.38% and 70.65% enrolled respectively. I think here is where we can see why the greens always poll so disappointingly on election day, and where labour and the Greens need to focus their efforts if they want to get rid of Nikki Kaye.

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  7. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    How many dead people are enrolled,and perhaps more importantly how many cast a ballot?

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  8. dubya (245 comments) says:

    fish_boy

    “A shockingly low 46.3% of 18-24 year olds are enrolled in Auckland central – and one would presume actually voting numbers would be even less; in the next two cohorts (25-29 and 30-34) it is scarcely better with only 62.38% and 70.65% enrolled respectively. I think here is where we can see why the greens always poll so disappointingly on election day, and where labour and the Greens need to focus their efforts if they want to get rid of Nikki Kaye.”

    That, and we young people living in Auckland Central can’t stand the condescending Carpet Bag Slag, Jacinda Ardern.

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  9. krazykiwi (8,040 comments) says:

    A friend of mine runs a cafe in Wellington CBD. She has 20 casual staff, all under 25 years old. Not one of them voted in the last election, and most of them have never voted.

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  10. lcmortensen (38 comments) says:

    @kiwi_greg
    The population figures are based on Stats NZ estimates – hence they are only a semi-rough guide.

    @ kowtow
    No dead people are enrolled: when Births Deaths and Marriages receives a notice of death of a person over 17, they send the necessary details to the Electoral Commission so they can strike them off the electoral roll. (Section 92 of the Electoral Act).

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