Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Election 2017

Election season has swung into gear with the next General Election on Saturday, September 23rd - 7 1/2 weeks away. Not much has changed with the way most Otautau people have voted over the last few years. The National Party garners most of the votes as it does in the rest of Clutha-Southland except Kaitangata. But National seems to be in a declining trend over the last decade. The other parties are showing interesting trends too.

This graph compares party votes over the last five elections as determined by Otautau voters. The Labour Party has been in serious decline for fifteen years, but with Jacinda Ardern as their new leader, that decline may stop this year. NZ First has had a roller coaster ride and was on the rise in 2014 - will they break the glass ceiling and get more votes than Labour? The Green Party have never been popular in Otautau and seem to be in strife with co-leader just resigning. The Conservative Party did well in 2014, but the founding leader resigned amidst lawsuits that are ongoing. United Future, like Labour, has been in decline among Otautau voters.

A coloured bar graph showing party results over the last five elections since 2002 by Otautau voters.

This information came from electionresults.org.nz. Parties that got less than 1% of the vote were not included in the graph.

Whatever your political leanings are, make sure you are enrolled and able to vote. Go to Enrol, Check or Update at the Elections.org website. Voting is a positive way to make a difference in the world, but if you're not enrolled, you can't vote.

Something else to know -- NZ voters are shrinking - not literally, but their numbers are. Thirty years ago, voter participation was above 90%. There was a lot happening politically so it sparked people's interest. In 2014, about 78% of eligible voters voted. With so many issues facing New Zealand - educational, economic, social, cultural and environmental - it doesn't make sense not to vote. This data is from the Statistics New Zealand Voter Turnout page.

A bar graph showing the decline of voter turnout for all New Zealand from 1981 to 2014.

So make a difference, get enrolled and get ready to vote!

Election 2017

Election season has swung into gear with the next General Election on Saturday, September 23rd - 7 1/2 weeks away. Not much has changed with...