29 Nov 2011

Low turnout seen as global trend

8:30 am on 29 November 2011

A US expert on voter participation says the low turnout for Saturday's election reflects a global trend.

Only 68% of those eligible to cast a ballot actually did so in the New Zealand general election on Saturday.

Thomas Patterson is the professor of government and press at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.

He told Morning Report that voter turnout has dropped across all advanced democracies by about 5% - 10% over the past decade, with young people taking less interest in elections.