A reader has sent us a Lefty’s guide to voting in the Dunedin City Council elections. With the huge numbers of candidates and the relatively small amount of information we get on them, this kind of guide is really useful. If anyone else wants to put together a voting guide for their local bodies we’ll (almost certainly) publish it.
Perhaps next time round we’ll try to organise guides nationwide.
[lprent: I pulled the PDF off the site. As was pointed out in comments:
I believe that publishing a simulated ballot in that form is illegal under Section122(1)(b) of the Local Government Electoral Act. .
I don’t think that this particular use is what that particular section was designed to prevent. However the language of the section of the Local Government Act directly covers having this facsimile available on site.
Of course the actual voting paper facsimile is in the US and there would be other complications in pursuing a charge. However the policy of this site is to follow the stated intent of legislation unless there is a clear causal need to violate an idiotic law – which is not the case here.
If whoever sent the PDF would care to make the same thing without using an image of the voting paper, I’ll be happy to replace it. ]