Local Elections Turnout Stats
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From: David Farrar
Dear Department of Internal Affairs,
Are you able to provide me with the overall turnout percentage for the local body elections from 1983 to 2016 inclusive.
Also can you advise which elections were the first held under postal voting.
Department of Internal Affairs
Tçnâ koe David,
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) request to the Department of Internal Affairs (Department).
You have requested:
1. The overall turnout percentage for the local body elections from 1983 to 2016 inclusive.
2. Which elections were the first held under postal voting.
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In response to part 1 of your request:
A range of information about elections is publicly available on the Department’s website, including voter turnout for the period from 2001-2016. Some graphs included in that material also provide voter turnout for the period from 1989 to 2016 (link). You may also wish to review the website (link), which has captured a range of graphs related to local elections, including voter turnout for the period from 1989 to 2016 (link).
In addition, the National Library of New Zealand holds a publication series titled ‘Local Authority Election Statistics’, which provides detailed information and statistics (including voter turnout) for the election years 1980, 1983, and 1989 through to 2010. The Alexander Turnbull Library holds a copy of the same publication back to the 1977 election year. (link). Please contact the National Library directly to find out more about how to access this series.
Despite reasonable search, we were not able to find information on voter turnout for the 1986 year. The Department is therefore refusing this part of your request under 18(g) of the Act, as the information is not held by the Department, and as we are not aware of any other body that will hold the information for all local bodies. You may possibly be able to collate this data from records held by individual Councils.
In response to part 2 of your request:
We also found no information regarding which local body was the first to adopt postal voting. This part of your request is therefore also refused under section 18(g) of the Act. Some information on the first general adoption of postal voting is available online: (link)
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Michelle Reed | Lead Advisor – Official Correspondence
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