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Election turnout by age and descent

Dec 15, 2023 | News

The youngest group of voters held their own against their parents’ generation when it comes to turnout at the 2023 General Election.

The Electoral Commission has released a breakdown of turnout by age and Māori and non-Māori descent for the election which is available on

The turnout of enrolled voters in the 18 to 24-year-old age group was 74.2%, higher than turnout for voters aged 25 to 44, and similar with turnout for voters aged 45 to 49 (76.5%) and 50 to 54 (78.9%). Turnout was highest for voters over the age of 55. 

Official voter turnout was 78.2%, down from 82.2% in 2020. Turnout for voters of Māori descent across the general and Māori rolls was 70.3%, down from 72.9% in 2020. Turnout of voters on the Māori roll was 68% compared with 69.1% in 2020.

The turnout for young Māori bucked the trend and increased at the election. 70.3% of 18 to 24-year-old voters of Māori descent who were enrolled voted, up from 69.7% in 2020, 61.8% in 2017 and 54.9% in 2014.

Note, the turnout breakdown produces a slightly lower total than the official turnout due to the set of figures used.


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