By Nikki Papatsoumas
Interesting statistics show the differences in voting at all three of Massey’s campuses as part of the 2017 General Election.
This year, polling booths were open in the two week lead up to the elections at Massey University’s Wellington, Manawatu and Albany campuses.
According to the Electoral Commission, at Massey University in Albany 353 people cast their votes. Of these votes, National received 41.6 per cent of the party vote and Labour received 29.5 per cent of the party votes.
Meanwhile in Manawatu, just 105 people voted, down from the 133 people who cast votes in 2014.
Of those who voted, National received 31.4 per cent of the party votes and Labour received 36.32 per cent of the party votes – this was up from 19.5 per cent in 2014.
In Wellington an impressive 986 people voted, and this year was the first time polling booths were open on campus.
The capital lived up to its reputation of being left leaning. Of the votes, National received just 14.1 per cent of party votes, and Labour received 43.6 per cent of the party votes.
Massey also encouraged young voters to take part in the general elections this year, through its online interactive tool – On The Fence.
First introduced in 2014 and created by the Design+Democracy Project at Massey, On The Fence is game-like questionnaire that guides people towards finding a values match for them among the political parties.