12 Oct 2020

Election 2020: Record number of early votes set to be cast

From Morning Report, 7:19 am on 12 October 2020

A record number of early votes are set to be cast for this Saturday's election, with New Zealanders having already hit polling booths in surprisingly large numbers.

At the last count on Thursday, about 585,000 votes had been registered.

There were estimates a further 500,000 people would vote over the weekend.

The numbers are dramatically eclipsing those from 2017 and continue a decade-long trend towards more early voting in New Zealand.

Graeme Astle, the Commission's manager of voting services, speaks to Corin Dann.