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Voting in the 1996 election

Voting in the 1996 election

New Zealanders turn out in large numbers to vote. Generally more than 80% of those on the electoral roll vote in parliamentary elections. This voter is entering a polling booth during the 1996 general election. The turn-out in local body elections, also held every three years, is lower than for parliamentary elections. All local bodies are now elected by postal ballot.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The electoral system', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2022)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016