9 Oct 2019

Low voter turnout: what's going wrong?

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:26 pm on 9 October 2019

Staying on the subject of voting, despite efforts like that of Masterton council, we're at a record low level of voter turnout.

So why is this? We're seeing increased political awareness among young people, and yet, people are still forgetting about their local government. 

Dr Andrew Cardow from Massey University's School of Management says this marked decline in voting isn't good news for local democracy, he joins us to discuss the issue. 

Polling booths are open for New Zealand's general election in Auckland on September 23, 2017. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

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