It will be interesting to see how they report the outcomes of the vote. It’s quite easy to report an FPP or MMP vote so that people can immediately see the result. People might not be too happy if it’s not intuitively clear from the results posted for STV. If 40% first preference votes go to the hypnoflag but a fern flag wins at the fourth round people might go “huh! How did that work out?”
From the Act:
38 Declaration of result of referendum
When all the voting papers returned in accordance with section 29 have been processed, the Returning Officer must,—
in the case of the first flag referendum,—
(i) calculate the number of first preference votes received for each option; and
(ii) count the votes in the manner described in Schedule 4; and
(iii) declare the result of the referendum by giving public notice of the following:
(A) the absolute majority of votes determined at the first iteration; and
(B) the number of first preference votes received for each option; and
(C) the absolute majority of votes determined at each iteration at which an option was successful or excluded; and
(D) the number of votes recorded for each option and the number of transferable votes at each iteration at which an option was excluded; and
(E) the iteration number at which each option was excluded, where applicable; and
(F) the number of informal voting papers; and
(G) the outcome of the referendum;
The results at the iterations are knocked out get reported under E.
It is not meant to bother those counting but John Key and if enough invalidate their vote it wil embarrass him in Parliament.
I think you've underestimated just how little embarrassment John Key has in parliament.
Mine went straight into the bin; Spoiling your ballot is just a good. Both are valid forms of protest because ultimately a democracy cannot survive without the consent of the governed, and change like this needs the legtimacy of a strong turnout – at least two thirds, I would have thought.
You're supporting democracy by not voting? Interesting tactic.
If both numbers are only on the forms that you hold and/or send back then it’s ok because only you have the link. If they are on information that the govt holds then that is fishy.
It would be difficult to prevent voter fraud if voting papers weren't individualised and linked to the voter. You could run it through the photocopier and submit thousands.
Faith No More played in Sammys in 1993 - which I have very happy memories of. But my best memory there will always be Munky Kramp's farewell gig, with the band playing the final song, Demarnia sitting off to the side of the stage right in front of me, crying and singing, and the guitarist throwing leftover posters into the audience. Truly excellent.
Sorry just seen this. You can download the Munky Kramp songs from here:
Really interesting watching someone else on 'tv'. He starts each cut with his hands off screen, but he uses them to much they always quickly come into screen. Nice reviews - haven't seen interstellar yet, but clearly I need to do so.
I’ll be filling in on the Saturday 9-11am show on 95bFM, January 3 and 7.
3 and 10?
may represent the moment when inequality really became too big to ignore.
Yeah, I think you underestimate our ability to ignore large elephants in the room.
The day we stop using ‘beltway’ to refer to NZ politics cannot come too soon.
One day I'm going to find time to compile a list of overseas words that we use that make no sense in a NZ context and no one bitches about using them at all.
Starting with everything-gate. It makes no sense to just grab the gate part and tag it onto anything, but we do.
Well considering you live in Japan, you might be aware of Yasuo Tanaka, the governor of Nagano, who was a champion of reform and transparency. He was the guy who transformed his private office into a glass-walled room as a symbolic representation of transparency...
Sure, you may argue that it was just for show, but appearance do mean something to people.
This looks like an suggestion for the Mayor of Auckland to use glass walls for his dressing and bathroom/toilet. Hence we found something sillier than the original HOS story.
Has anyone coined a word for the ridiculous statements coming out of the PM and the PM's office recently - I did do that, but I did it as a private citizen not as the PM?
If not, I'm naming it Gollumising. "Not listening. Not listening!"