The Electoral Commission has released enrolment figures as at June 30. The figures are not good. Overall 88.6% of the population is enrolled but amongst 18 to 24 year olds the figure is only 68.9%. The figures then gradually increase until they max out at the 65 – 69 level.
There are some really unusual results. Auckland Central’s overall figure is 66.9%, the Christchurch seats hover around the 80% level, Dunedin North is at 77.7% compared to Dunedin South’s 91.6%, Wellington Central is at 76.9%. It seems the university seats do very poorly.
Another generalisation is that urban seats do less well than rural or provincial seats.
For some strange reason the reports on the Maori seats do not provide the percentages enrolled. On average there are 32,120 people enrolled in each Maori seat and 43,428 in each European seat. There should be 47,761 electors in each seat on average. This suggests the proportion of electors on the Maori role is a concerning 67% while the European average is 91%.
I am worried that this Government may not be putting sufficient effort into getting enrolments. Previously for instance at the Avondale Markets I used to see hired help going around with clipboards collecting enrolments. The only people doing it now are the Labour Party activists who gladly give up their time to make sure that people get the chance to exercise their rights to vote. I would be interested to see what resources are being put into enrolments by the Government.
What can we do? I suggest that each of us thinks about our relatives who are under the age of 30 and checks that they are enrolled. If they are not then you can start here. Or you can get the forms from your local post shop.
And why is it important for young people to vote? Well they have more to lose than the rest of us. Insipid climate change policies will wreck their world and a failure to deal with national debt or Auckland’s out of control real estate market will have a direct affect on our young people.