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Statistics show women more likely to vote

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">New Zealand's voting age women outnumber men and they are more likely to exercise their right to go to the ballot box, according to Statistics NZ&nbsp;</span> © Marty Melville/Getty Images New Zealand's voting age women outnumber men and they are more likely to exercise their right to go to the ballot box, according to Statistics NZ  New Zealand's female voters outnumber their male counterparts and they are more likely to exercise their right to vote.

In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the vote and Suffrage Day, September 19, this year coincides with local government voting papers starting to go out.

Statistics NZ surveys show that women are more likely than men to cast their vote at both general and local elections.

In a survey after the 2011 general election, more than 80 per cent of women said they voted, compared with 77 per cent of men.

The turnout is lower for local body elections, although women (less than 65 per cent) again top men (62 per cent) for participation.

Statistics NZ says figures from the 2013 census showed that there were 1.66 million voting-age women in the country, outnumbering men by 137,000.

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