I got a flyer saying if I’m enrolled and paying rates in one district and have a property in another I can be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector in the other community or local board area. This is for the local authority Elections on October 8 2016. So I can now vote twice. I find that rather unfair.
The usual argument is that if you are paying rates to a council you should have a say in how those rates are set and how the money is spent. It certainly doesn't apply to everything, however. You don't get to vote in multiple wards/boards within a single district however.
Do you also find it unfair that a parent with a child in a primary school and another at high school gets to vote on the School Boards of both schools, while a parent with kids in only one school only gets to vote on that school's board?
Does one get automatically removed from the rolls when you are imprisoned? (and automatically reenrolled when released?)
One does get automatically removed when imprisoned. I understand an enrolment form is provided to prisoners as part of the stuff they're given on their release. That isn't automatic.
My son is on bail with a special condition that he remains at his place of residence between the hours of 8pm to 7am. Because he has not been sentenced as yet he does not have an electronic monitoring device fitted so the police have to visit his residence to check he is complying.
This is all too common. They certainly don't have check every few hours, but they can and do often do this. They'll usually slow down a little as time goes on, but not always. I will note that you can be electronically monitored before being sentenced (this is called e-bail), so that can be worth looking into, although it would be odd to ask. Depending on the nature of the charge(s) your son is facing, it may be possible to ask to have the curfew condition cancelled or modified after a few weeks of complying with it.
I guess at nine one wouldn’t be too fussed about one consequence of that, which would be that NZers would no longer be able to drive overseas.
A lot of adults aren't too fussed either.
If it’s the younger people who are less likely to vote, won’t lowering the voting age just decrease voter turnout (overall) anyway?
It will decrease turnout as a percentage of enrolled voters, and will decrease turnout as a percentage of people of voting age. It will however increase turnout, and increase turnout as a percentage of New Zealand residents.
Where is our life-long investment in civic understanding?
I'm not saying we shouldn't have this. In fact we should have this. But the lack of this should not be used to deny a class of people the vote.
There are groups of young people who have always wanted the vote. Been to a liberal secondary school lately? Perhaps you are just not looking in the right places. Go along to the handing over of the clean water petition to parliament today at 1 pm. I'm sure there will be teenagers there keen to vote.
Well, this was a question. I'm sure there are kids who want to vote, but there don't seem to be anyone actually asking for it. There isn't really even a Facebook group. And if kids don't use Facebook any more, please let me know what they are using :-)
In the teapot case, was Key sued for defamation as a Member of Parliament?
Key was sued. He was a member of Parliament at the time.
What’s the point of difference, given that they both trace back to Party campaigning?
Mostly, because it's the National Party is being sued, not John Key or any other Member of Parliament.
The Taxpayer…. of course…
Not for that one. Seriously, if you've evidence that's the plan, then release it. That would be outrageous.