Age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and declining voter turnout in Auckland’s local elections


Author:  
Weiyi Zhang
Source:  
Auckland Council / Election Services Ltd
Publication date:  
2015
Topics:  
People

Voter turnout in Auckland's triennial local elections has steadily declined.

In 2013, Auckland turnout fell from 51% to 36% (national average = 41.3%)

This report aims to answer four research questions:

  • Why are younger Aucklanders less likely to vote?
  • Why are less-educated Aucklanders less likely to vote?
  • Why are Asian Aucklanders less likely to vote?
  • What are the theoretical and practical implications of these findings?

October 2015