James Rus­sell El­e­ment ed­i­tor

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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.

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