it strikes me as odd that you do not need to show any ID when voting
Do you think people who don't have ID shouldn't be able to vote?
Electorates where National’s vote went up:
“Hutt South” “Port Hills”
Huh. And the main reason it went up in Port Hills would be the boundary changes, which were designed to do exactly that.
I’ve voted in more than ten elections now and I’ve never observed the type of behaviour you describe.
So let's be generous and say, over all that time, about three hours in a voting place? So, about 1/3 of one voting day?
Maybe I’ve always lived in nice neighbourhoods
Because abuse never happens in nice neighbourhoods.
I accept your point that online voting would make that type of influence easier for an abuser.
I really wish you'd stop there. Because that point is inarguable. Easier. Not suddenly possibly for the first time, but far, far easier. So now the question you have to ask isn't "But what about *hypothetical*?" It's "Do I consider a possible theoretical rise in voter turnout worth chucking those women under the electronic voting bus?" It's a pretty simple question.
That little barcode on your voting form already has your name and address.
Sure, because we knew exactly when and where you were going to come in, and exactly which ballot paper you were going to use, and pre-printed it that way.It's eerie.
Your ballot paper has a number, under the black sticker. That number matches the stub, which has your page and line number written on it by your issuing officer - in biro. With that ballot paper, and the stub, and a copy of the electoral roll, you could find out who cast a particular vote. You'd have to find the ballot paper you wanted first, of course, and then separately find the pad with the stub, and then corrupt the Electoral Commission...
Who’s to say that your dominant male isn’t already collecting the entire family’s EasyVote cards and tripping around a few polling booths with his mates?
One of whom is convincingly dressed as his wife, right?
Your tone makes me assume that for you, abuse is something very abstract, something it's okay to play thought-experiment hypotheticals with. You've just described a far more complicated process, and one that would be observed by multiple people, AND require a conspiracy. That's not, by and large, how domestic abuse happens. Mostly, abusers don't abuse while other people are watching.
On Saturday, I had a guy moved away from standing over his wife while she voted. This isn't abstract. That woman is real, and your system would disenfranchise her and enable her abuser. But *handwave*, right?
Is RealMe sophisticated enough to identify the actual person logged on and using the computer?
Absolutely not. RealMe even, by default, leaves your password typed in to that field so you just have to push "log in".
Now, go through the process of applying for RealMe, and assume you don't have a driver's licence or a passport.Then come back and tell me how much easier than enrolling to vote that was.
Abuse is, to me, the number one problem with on-line voting, and I haven't seen any advocates address it. The privacy of the polling booth is essential to a secret ballot, and electoral staff enforce it. The privacy of your own home is where people are the most vulnerable.
Also Dyson is not on the right of the Party so the suggestion it is National voters voting to keep Labour right is not very powerful I don’t think.
Port Hills voters vote for Dyson as a person, not an embodiment of a bunch of party ideology. She works bloody hard, she's very prominent in the electorate, and she comes across very well as genuine and down to earth. It's not a grand strategy, it's people doing what they're supposed to be doing with their candidate vote: picking the person they like.
can people who are not enrolled cast a special vote on the day?
You can cast it if'n you want. It won't be counted. One could have enrolled up until today, but not tomorrow.
I was just genuinely curious because I would have thought that the easier it is to vote, the more people would be likely to do it.
People are posting photos today of really long queues at uni voting booths. While largely I would consider that people who advance vote are people who would vote anyway (advance voting didn't equal higher turnout last time around), those uni booths are one place where it might well make a difference.
For the first time, we’ll vote as a whole family, and it’s been rewarding watching both our sons consider their decisions.
My son will vote for the first time this year. He will vote: his dad is under instruction to bring him up to the voting place. He and his mates all did onthefence and then bitched about their results on Skype a couple of nights back. I'm so proud of his level of political engagement, and so pleased that he's voting on the day, because it really is a rite of passage, his first act as a citizen.