See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Voter turnout data for New Zealand

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in New Zealand. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­-
stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­-
lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu-
lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2011
74.21%
2,278,989
3,070,847
69.83%
3,263,492
4,290,347
 No
2008
79.46%
2,376,480
2,990,759
77.84%
3,052,985
4,173,460
0.80%
 No
2005
80.29%
2,286,190
2,847,396
79.22%
2,885,973
4,035,461
0.50%
 No
2002
76.98%
2,055,404
2,670,030
72.49%
2,835,240
3,864,129
0.40%
 No
1999
84.77%
2,127,245
2,509,365
76.11%
2,794,955
3,829,188
1%
 No
1996
88.28%
2,135,175
2,418,587
83.02%
2,571,840
3,572,000
0.40%
 No
1993
85.20%
1,978,092
2,321,664
79.61%
2,484,720
3,451,000
0.60%
 No
1990
85.24%
1,877,115
2,202,157
78.62%
2,387,730
3,363,000
0.60%
 No
1987
89.06%
1,883,394
2,114,656
81.43%
2,312,800
3,304,000
0.60%
 No
1984
93.71%
1,978,798
2,111,651
87.44%
2,263,100
3,233,000
0.40%
 No
1981
91.44%
1,860,564
2,034,747
88.86%
2,093,750
3,125,000
0.50%
 No
1978
84.90%
1,721,443
2,027,594
82.32%
2,091,070
3,121,000
0.70%
 No
1975
83.17%
1,612,020
1,938,108
81.70%
1,973,120
3,083,000
0.50%
 No
1972
89.83%
1,410,240
1,569,937
85.31%
1,653,000
2,900,000
0.60%
 No
1969
89.88%
1,351,813
1,503,952
85.62%
1,578,900
2,770,000
0.90%
 No
1966
86.60%
1,212,127
1,399,720
79.35%
1,527,600
2,680,000
0.60%
 No
1963
89.56%
1,205,322
1,345,836
83.32%
1,446,660
2,538,000
0.60%
 No
1960
90.26%
1,176,963
1,303,955
85.55%
1,375,760
2,372,000
0.50%
 No
1957
93.44%
1,163,061
1,244,748
85.54%
1,359,690
2,229,000
0.50%
 No
1954
94.57%
1,105,609
1,169,115
91.08%
1,213,940
2,093,000
0.80%
 No
1951
96.21%
1,074,070
1,116,375
95.11%
1,129,260
1,947,000
0.40%
 No
1949
97.01%
1,080,543
1,113,852
99.57%
1,085,180
1,871,000
0.70%
 No
1946
97.60%
1,055,977
1,081,898
92.13%
1,146,142
1,726,000
0.80%
 No