Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Association/
Kahui Hauora Tumatanui
Much concern has been expressed about the ‘missing million’ who didn’t vote in 2014 (actually 729,560 or 23.23% of the 93% of those eligible and enrolled to vote).
The angst is particularly targeted at younger citizens, generally 18-29, particularly those of Maori, Pasifika and Asian ethnicity, but a proportion of all ages did not vote, the majority under 45. Public debate about this phenomenon has tended to leap to negative judgment about the reasons for not voting: most often phrased as “didn’t bother”. Consequently, solutions proposed have tended to the punitive, ranging from making it compulsory (as in Australia), to making it easier by doing it online. Read more »