New Zealand’s 2018 census was the first to be carried out online, but it captured only 83% of people, a response rate 9% lower than the previous census. Māori responses dropped by 20%.
The failure of the 2018 census to get a good response rate highlights the need for multiple voting options to increase participation, particularly of Māori.
Bill English’s National Party got 46% of the vote, but needs a coalition partner to form the next government.
As the leaders of New Zealand's two major parties enter coalition talks with minor parties, a reluctance to cross ideological boundaries could limit their options.
Current Prime Minister John Key is set to have an easy victory at today’s election.
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New Zealand goes to the polls today to elect both a government and conduct a referendum on the nation’s electoral system. It will cap off fifteen tumultuous months in the country. Christchurch has endured…