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Should voting in NZ be compulsory?

Photo / Richard Robinson
Photo / Richard Robinson

A million eligible New Zealanders did not bother to vote in Saturday's election, producing the lowest turnout in percentage terms in 120 years.

Turnout dropped by just over 90,000, from 79.5 per cent of those on the rolls in 2008 to 73.8 per cent.

Except for an anomaly in 1978 when the rolls were inflated by outdated and duplicate entries, this was the lowest percentage turnout since 1887, when 67.1 per cent of those on the rolls voted. That was before women won the right to vote in 1893.

Should voting in NZ be compulsory? Here is the latest selection of Your Views:

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"Yes. It would give both citizens and more especially politicians a truer picture of how the people feel towards their policies."


"It would be foolish to try and make voting compulsory. If I was a non-voter and was forced to vote I would deliberately spoil my paper."

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