Huge turnout in Coromandel for the Flag referendum

Monday, March 28, 2016

Coromandel voters have well and truly had their say on the flag says Coromandel MP Scott Simpson.

The Coromandel electorate had one of the highest voter turnout levels of any in New Zealand. A whopping 76% of those enrolled sent their vote in. Nationwide the turnout was 67.3%.

“I’m thrilled that over 37,000 Coromandel voters had their say. It shows how engaged local people are and that they wanted to have their voted counted.

“The gap between those wanting to keep the current flag and those supporting change was narrower in the Coromandel electorate than nationwide. Locally 54.5 % wanted to keep the current flag and 45.3% voted for the alternative.

“On a practical level it’s been obvious during the referendum process that more people have been flying flags and I think that’s just great. I hope people in our region will continue to fly our national flag with pride.