Why is this important?
Voter turnout is an indicator of community engagement and political participation. It can reflect how much people feel engaged in their community.
- In 2016, of people eligible to vote 38% in Christchurch, 45% in Selwyn, and 39% did so.
- For Christchurch the 2016 turnout was a 5% decrease from the 2013 elections (43%) and 14% decrease (52%) from the 2010 elections.
- For Selwyn the 2016 election was a 2% increase from 2013 (43%).
- For Waimakariri the 2016 election was a 4% increase from 2013 (35%).
Note this is an interactive chart and you can click on the legend items to change what is shown on the graph.
There has been a general downward trend in greater Christchurch in voter turnout for local government elections. The 2010 peak in voter turnout for Christchurch City (52%) now appears to have dissipated and turnout at that election is likely to have been influenced by the September 2010 earthquake, which preceded the delivery of voting papers by two weeks. In 2016, voter turnout in Christchurch City had fallen to below pre-earthquake levels, at 38 percent. Voter turnout in the Selwyn District remains steady at pre-earthquake levels (approximately 45 percent). Voter turnout in the Waimakariri District was similar to Selwyn District in 2010 at 42 percent, dropping to 35 percent in 2013, followed by an increase to 39 percent in 2016.
NOTE: Christchurch City amalgamated with Banks Peninsula in 2006, so 2007 data onwards includes this change. For the 2016 elections, Christchurch also changed its councillor numbers from 14 over 7 wards to 16 (with a councillor for each).