James Russell Element editor
Last week the Listener ran an editorial on the apathy of voters, lamenting the days of 90% voter turnout in comparison to today’s figures of around 75% of eligible voters bothering to cast their vote in general elections. In local body elections, the situation is even worse, with just 50% of voters turning out.
The article didn’t delve any deeper into the statistics of those who chose not to exercise their right to vote, but it’s revealing that in the last local body elections just over a quarter of those aged 18-24 participated, as opposed to over 90% of those over 65.
So it’s interesting that this time around decisive action is coming from that same age bracket with the launch of the Generation Zero ‘Candidate Scorecards’, which rate each candidate on where they stand on smart transport options, sustainable housing and decisive action on climate change – the very things they will inherit. They’ll be online, and the plan is to put one in your letterbox.
The candidates will be given a rating on each issue, and be scored out of a possible 100% – that which most closely aligns to achieving the carbon-free New Zealand this enterprising and ambitious youth group are calling for.
Visit generationzero.org.nz/localelections to find out more.