Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Mayoral candidate on mission to encourage youth voting

I spoke at AUT recently about my three key priorities: affordability, transport and growth, but their blog has also done a story about my hope that we have more young people voting in this year’s election.

Only around 25% of those under 30 vote in council elections. There are a bunch of reasons for this: less engaged in traditional politics, more preoccupied with study and career building and lower home ownership levels mean they don’t pay rates directly.

But I want to improve this, and that means changing how council engages with younger people.

You can read the story here.


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