September 14, 2020
Voters sought to fill electoral rolls
There has been a surge of young Māori voters coming on to the electoral roll.
The clock is now officially ticking for the October 17 election.
The Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, signed the election writ yesterday, meaning the country has 60 days to elect a new parliament.
Chief electoral officer Alicia Wright says that means her office can now print up the electoral rolls and, once all the nominations are in by the deadline at noon on Friday, prepare the ballot forms.
She says younger voters are becoming more engaged, with the percentage of voters aged 18 to 29 increasing from 67 percent to 72 percent since the start of July.
Māori account for about one in five eligible young voters.
The entire roll has increased by 77,000 people over the past nine weeks, and now includes 89 percent of the eligible population.
"There are still 415,000 eligible voters who haven't enrolled and there are about 485,000 people of Māori descent who are enrolled so that is about 14.5 percent of the people who have enrolled and there are still some people out there and still some young people who haven't enrolled and I would highly encourage them to do that," Ms Wright says.
This election people can enroll either online or in person right up to the election, and their votes will be counted as special votes.
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