Three weeks to go and last night’s Colmar Brunton’s poll result had a Labour-Green Government as a tantalising possibility. Winston may not be required.
But as the last three weeks have shown anything can happen and nothing should be taken for granted.
The Green Party vote has to improve its vote safely over the 5% level. If somehow the Greens did not make it this would be disastrous.
Labour has real momentum.
But every vote will count.
And while enrolments are ahead of where they were last election there are still far too many people not enrolled to vote. And many of them are young who tend to support Labour and the Greens.
From Radio New Zealand:
Up to 5000 people a day are enrolling to vote, with enrolments tracking slightly ahead of the 2014 election, the Electoral Commission says.
There had been a surge in the number of people enrolling to vote in the general election over the last two weeks, the chief electoral officer Alicia Wright said.
“They’ve doubled … this week we’re getting 4000 to 5000 enrolments a day. We’re expecting that to go up to 6000 to 7000 a day in the next couple of weeks.”
Yesterday was the final day to enrol on the printed electoral roll. From today people can still enrol up until midnight of 22 September – the day before the election – but will have to a cast a special vote.
Last week, the Commission said 450,000 eligible voters had not yet enrolled, with half of those under the age of 30.
People can still enrol but they will have to cast a special vote. When the early voting booths are open people will be able to enrol and vote at the same time.
For more information on enrolments and to check if you are on the roll the Electoral Commission provides this helpful page.
To all of you out there, check that your kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces and whanau are on the roll and ready to vote. Our country needs this.
And if you want to help the parties …
Go hard. Let’s do this.