Special vote breakdown: What past special vote results can show us

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As New Zealand eagerly awaits the 2017 election special vote results to be revealed, 1 NEWS NOW takes a look back at the way Kiwis have cast their special votes in the past four elections. 

After more than 20 years and eight MMP elections on concerns about undue power given to small parties remains.

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This year's special vote results could give an indication as to who New Zealand First leader Winston Peters may form a coalition with. 

Over the past four elections, dating back to 2005, Labour has constantly slumped in their percentage of special votes, decreasing from 44.58 percent (102, 532 total special votes) to 28.03 percent (84, 354). 

Compared to Labour, support for the Greens has continually risen, leaping from 7.15 percent (16, 441 total special votes) to 15.29 per cent (46, 020) in 2014. 

Meanwhile, National remained consistent, jumping from 34.56 percent (79,496 total special votes) in 2005 to 40.89 percent (102, 369) in 2008.

Some estimate National could lose up to two MPs in the special votes this year, and Labour and the Green Party gain one each.

New Zealand first had it's lowest percentage of special votes out of the four years in 2008, when they received 2.72 percent (6,812 total special votes) but gained support to reach 7.18 percent (21, 593) in 2014.

Based on the preliminary results, released on election night, National has 58 seats in the new parliament, Labour 45, NZ First nine, the Green Party seven and one for ACT.

The special vote count could change the number of seats won from the preliminary results on election night and could make it easier for opposition parties to form a government.

There are more than 384,000 specials this time, cast from voters overseas, those outside their electorates on election day and late enrollers.

That's 15 per cent of all the votes cast, and Labour and the Greens have high hopes of picking up extra seats.

The special vote results will be released by the Electoral Commission at 2pm today.

Breakdown of special vote results from 2005 - 2014

National special votes

2005 - 34.56%

2008 - 40.89%

2011 - 42.03%

2014 - 40.17%

Labour special votes

2005 - 44.58%

2008 - 36.03%

2011 - 30.59%

2014 - 28.03%

Greens special votes

2005 - 7.15%

2008 - 9.06%

2011 - 14.59%

2014 - 15.29%

New Zealand First special votes

2005 - 4.42%

2008 - 2.72%

2011 - 4.62%

2014 - 7.18%

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