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This is how you change the Government – Enrolments

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, September 1st, 2017 - 6 comments
Categories: budget 2017, campaigning, democratic participation, greens, labour, Politics, vote smart - Tags:

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 …

Donate to Labour.
Volunteer for Labour.
Join Labour.

Donate to the Greens.
Volunteer for the Greens.
Join the Greens.

Go hard. Let’s do this.


6 comments on “This is how you change the Government – Enrolments ”

  1. Ad 1

    +1000 Mickey

  2. Ovid 2

    Enrolment statistics by electorate is a good source of information. Only two thirds of 18-24s are enrolled but my own electorate of Dunedin North has only half enrolled. Given that by far this is the largest cohort, this is pretty significant.

    • weka 2.1

      Is that the one that shows 102% of over 70s are enrolled? 😛

      • DSpare 2.1.1

        When doing the rounds of the students in Dunedin last election (I haven’t been able to do it this time due to life circumstances), we found that a lot them were enrolled in their parent’s electorates. That is probably still the case this time around – just have to hope that none of them end up in a future political career where that can be used as a weapon against them.

        Actually, one of the incidents I most clearly recall from that time was; giving an unenrolled Asian woman a voting pack, to receive a radiant smile, quickly followed by the words; “now at last I can vote for John Key”. I found it hard to return the smile with similar enthusiasm through the Yay/ Urggh conflicting emotions!

  3. Incognito 3

    Yes, encourage people to enrol and then go and vote together on 23 September, as friends or family or both, and have a coffee or so afterwards. Make it a social outing to do something for society. Include the kids as they are the voters of the future.

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