Do you have to vote in the first referendum to vote in the second?
You do not.
You can vote in either, neither or both referendums.
Is it actually fair for me to rank my least hated or should I just not bother?
Entirely fair to rank your least hated to give the best chance ensuring your most-hated is not selected.
If you regard the two silver fern with stars (weetbix) as essentially the same flag, surely you should only rank one of them. Otherwise you give a silver fern double vote.
This is wrong. If you like the Kyle Lockwood fern flag, rank them both.
I cannot see why those counting the votes could care less if KOF is on the ballot.
Thus, my words "A basic protest won’t bother them".
It seems suspicious to me that Key’s prefered flag comes up first on the ballot …. (or are they randomised?) I guess the fix is in
It was randomised.
What if I put Roman numerals or Khmer (១, ២, ៣, ៤, ៥)?
I think the usual response is: working people are processing these things, so don't be a dick.
could you please extend this with an appraisal of what a spoiled paper will do; and/or how best to register dissatisfaction the the process itself?
A spoiled paper will be counted as an informal vote. The number of informal votes will be recorded, but not the reasons for that (the only person seeing your beautifully drawn Matariki flag is the drone recording your vote on a computer).
The best way to register your dissatisfaction with the process is to tell people. There is pretty much nothing you can do as part of the voting process that would be recognised as a protest.
Feel free to ask other questions!
why does Vic Uni run an unlicensed bookmakers?
In terms of receiving (by Nicker Hager) there is no offence if:
any property stolen or obtained by any other imprisonable offence has been returned to the owner
From memory, you're missing some important words after that. The law is just there to avoid the following: Alice steals something from Bob. If Alice gives it to Charlie, Charlie might be receiving it. But if the Police find it and return it to Bob, and then Bob gives it to Daniel, has Daniel received stolen property? The property has been stolen, and Daniel has received it. But no - the law says a subsequent transfer after Bob gets it back isn't illegal.