Youth turn out could sway cannabis control referendumPosted by On

Young voters could be the wave that turns the tide in the cannabis referendum this election.

People have been able to cast their vote on the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendum since polls opened on October 3.

Young people have typically had the lowest voter registration and participation rates, but New Zealand Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said there had been signs this was changing.

As of October 15, 77.3 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds had enrolled to vote, up from 72.9 per cent at the same time before the 2017 election, with 262,624 voters bouncing up to 281,993.

Similarly, enrollments of 25 to 29-year-olds had increased from 77.54 per cent to 81.20 per cent, with 262,624 voters climbing to 281,993.

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