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Questions about Voting

Categories: Verity
Will you be voting for or against?

Do you know why you will be voting?

  • Will your Party vote to put/keep a party in government, or will you vote to put/keep a party out of government?
  • Will you be voting on an issue or policy?
  • Will your Electorate vote be for a person or a party?
  • Have you met the person?
  • Does news about your MP encourage you to vote for or against them?
  • Have you met your local MP?
  • Have you met a neighbouring MP?
  • Have you met any list MP local to you?

If you don't vote you deserve the government you get. Don't complain about it.

Tags: politics
By Brian Logan   Mon 11-Aug-2008


Comment from: Owen [Visitor]

Unfortunately I can’t vote, because I’m not a citizen, so despite paying taxes and having a vested interest in the governance I’m not allowed to voice my opinion.

I wouldn’t mind so much but seeing and meeting people who don’t vote through apathy. That an the fact my fiancĂ©e was allowed to vote in the UK despite only being on a working holiday.

Mon 11-Aug-2008 @ 14:58
Comment from: [Member]

What status do you need to vote here?

I thought it was odd that I was eligible to vote in the EU elections while I was on a working holiday. I chose not to exercise that right as I was due to leave a few months afterwards.

I’m glad it’s not compulsory to vote. If someone really doesn’t care, and their friends can’t persuade them it makes a difference, then they shouldn’t have to vote.

It would be nice to also have a “None of the above” option. At the last election I have the choice between a list of unknowns and an MP high on a party list. My electorate did not vote tactically.

Mon 11-Aug-2008 @ 15:18
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]

Owen - you don’t need to be a citizen, but you do need to have permanent residency and have been here for a year.

Mon 11-Aug-2008 @ 22:14
Comment from: Owen Evans [Visitor]
Owen Evans

I take it back I am eligible, by about 6 months.
* you are 18 years or older
* you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and
* you have lived in New Zealand for one year or more without leaving the country
last time i was just on a working holiday, and hadn’t been in the country long enough. time to enrole

Mon 11-Aug-2008 @ 22:27
Comment from: Natalie Ferguson [Visitor]  
Natalie Ferguson

Supposedly we are the the most apathetic generation and the first in history that has not battled to vote (apart from you Owen ;)). How quickly humans take things for granted.

* I wont be voting based on the scandals that erupt int he next few months
* I will be voting based on past performance
* I think I have met the people I’m voting for - I have definitely listened to them speak.
* I think it shouldn’t be compulsory to vote but I do think that to not vote is to insult all the people in the world for who the right is not a given. And I think the excuse that ‘they are all as bad as each other’ is ridiculous - the way to change is to have a politically active country.

Tue 12-Aug-2008 @ 16:27

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