I really don’t see any evidence more civics education is needed.
Rebuttal: Two minutes reading Stuff comments.
Further rebuttal: two weeks working in a polling booth. My son voted for the first time this year, and had no idea what to do or what the votes were for until I sat him down and explained it. Clearly nobody had done this for all the people furious and confused that they couldn't vote for Prime Minister.
If I'm reading this correctly, does it mean that if people were successfully enrolled at the previous election, and remain at the same address or in the same electorate, they should still be allowed to vote (from the dormant roll) if they show up to a polling booth at the next election? ie. Being removed from the main roll because an EasyVote card was returned-to-sender shouldn't make a difference. (60(c) states that any person who's qualified to be registered in a district, and was successfully enrolled "in that district", is allowed to vote.
They're not on the printed roll. Anyone who's not on the printed roll has to cast a special vote. So if they don't get shitty and walk out of the polling booth (we can't tell them why they're not on the printed roll, because we don't know), then they cast a special, and in the apparently far too long and drawn out process of counting the specials*, if they're on the dormant roll, that'll be picked up.
* (But whhhhhyyyyy does it take so long to count the specials? Because it fucking does, all right?)
Seems a very bad idea to just automatically unenrol folks where those forms are marked 'Return to Sender' - why not wait to see if they turn up to vote and then initiate a change of address?.
Well, at the moment, if you don't, then you send their EasyVote cards to an address you know they're not at, basically giving their cards to someone else. And they have the whole of the advance voting period to come in and cast a valid vote.
So how do people of no fixed abode get enrolled to vote? And do overseas citizens have an electorate to vote in if they don’t have a current address here in New Zealand?
You can enrol with the residential address where you last lived for (off the top of my head) two months, even if that was ages ago. You can also use your parents' address, or somewhere like a City Mission as your mailing address. The EC's guideline is that your residential address should be the place you think of as home, even if you don't live there most of the time.
We had quite a few voters furious to find that, since the last time they'd voted, they'd been disenrolled. In most cases, this would be because they moved, didn't update their address, their first 'check your details are correct' pack went to their old address, and was returned to sender.
- Auto-enrol high school & university students upon turning 18
On the published, public roll?
And you know where they live how?
(I support everything else mentioned there, but not this.)
First, which electorate candidates outperformed their party’s party vote.
So I've really noticed this in Chch, including counting votes for East, Central and Port Hills where people have voted National for party and Labour for candidate. My first reaction was that maybe National should be standing less waste-of-space candidates.
Also, the number of people who didn't know the name of their electorate, but knew their MP was Ruth Dyson.
(ETA: Emma mentioned the tablet in the other post. I had assumed that my enrolment details would be available to the staff (I enrolled a week ago, and checked my details on the Commission website online before I went out to vote - so I'm definitely enrolled). But they didn't seem to have anything except the printed "book").
Yeah, the tablet is a trial for advance voting and won't be there on election day. I think it's okay for me to say that the trial has not been going 100% smoothly, and I wouldn't be astounded if some polling places had decided not to use it.
I'd not been aware that advance voting stations doubled as enrolment stations. Is it meant to be all of them?
The article is also quite vague on detail and lacking conviction about how serious it is or isn't considered to be, but Labour seems to be saying that some unenrolled voters are being turned away from advance voting booths.
They're certainly not being turned away from ours, we've been steadily enrolling people. And yes, you can enrol at any advance booth, before Saturday.
I can report that the advance-vote polling station I used in Blenheim was more wheelchair-friendly, with level ground-floor access through wide sliding doors (though I suspect the space available to get in and out of the booths might be slightly too narrow for easy manoeuvring).
Yeah, last election, our advance booth was upstairs in the library. There is a lift, but it's around the back and means a bit of fucking around. This year, we're downstairs right next to the food court with big wide doors. We had a couple of people in wheelchairs in today and there didn't seem to be any problems.
The first time I worked election day, though, we were in a booth which shall remain nameless which was down as accessible and absolutely was not.
Oh and there's a reddit thread of Kiwis voting from overseas, which somehow turned into a discussion of Canadian sport, but still, it's kind of great.