Voter turnout dismal

00:07, Jun 06 2012

A dismal voter turnout for a Feilding by-election may be the kick needed for Manawatu's bid to trial new electronic voting systems mulled for nationwide elections.

Voting closes tonight for Feilding's by-election with voter turnout yesterday sitting at 28 per cent.

The by-election, called to fill the council seat vacated by new Mayor Margaret Kouvelis, had attracted only mild interest in the town – something which had not surprised Manawatu deputy electoral officer Janine Hawthorn.

"As a rule, nationally, the trend is for by-elections to have quite a low turnout," she said.

But that could change should new electronic voting systems be rolled out.

A proposal from the Electoral Working Party to install electronic voting systems in New Zealand could have its beginnings in the Manawatu District, which has made a bid to be a trial council.

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