The number of people who cast an early vote this election hit a record high – with 1,240,740 New Zealanders having their say before election day.
The number easily surpassed the 716,000 who voted early last election.
About 2.4 million people voted in total in 2014.
Increased interest around the election and double the number of places to vote early could explain the double in number of early votes.
Convenience was also key this time around with voters even able to cast early votes at certain supermarkets.(cont..)