Low turnout election demands action
“We are calling for all Aucklanders who care about the future of our city to urgently complete their voting papers and post them or hand deliver to a ballot box at the local library. The final day for posting is this coming Wednesday 5 October”
- The process for nominating candidates. The fact that nominations are hand-written and electronic photos are not accepted has led to errors in the voting booklet. City Vision candidate Peter Haynes was wrongly recorded in the voting booklet as living outside his ward area. That will cost Peter votes.
- The effectiveness of postal voting. There are significant barriers to postal voting. Many young people simply don’t use postal services, and NZ Post has significantly reduced the number of post boxes.
- Other options for voting including more publicly accessible voting places, the notion of a focussed ‘election day’, and further consideration of whether electronic voting can be done in a secure way.
- The confusion that is created by the use of two different voting systems. FPP is used for most of the positions, but STV for the District Health Boards”.
“Local democracy is important and we simply cannot continue to accept low turnout elections for positions on Auckland Council, Health Boards and Licensing Trusts. We will be doing everything we can this week to push turnout up, but it is also clear that we need to address the current voting system” says Dr Casey
Cathy Casey 027 474 4231
As at 30 September voting document returns were at 18.28%.
City Vision is Auckland’s progressive local body political group. It represents the local Labour and Green parties and progressive community independents.