I think the "internet voting will raise turnout" idea assumes that all the people who are not voting have ready access to the internet (and the confidence to use it for something as important as voting)
On the other hand those "rank 40 names" STV city council votes might be a great thing to do on line for those who do commonly vote
As Hager quoted Slater (spit) – sturm udn drang like Dirty Politics depresses turnout and the right benefits.
Seems to me the left needs:
- an ongoing enrollment process for their potential voters, starting today
- up the pressure on the dirty politics thing – nail the Nats as the weasily slime they are far out from the next election so that it is in effect over by the time the next election has come around
Remember Nixon got reelected after Watergate, it was after that his world fell in
looking at the results here in Dunedin I can see two things. Firstly almost all of Winston's votes came from Labour. Secondly people vote FPP in electorates and MMP in the local party vote ... those on the left choose the left wing electorate candidate they think can win in an FPP race
Yes it is a lovely day here in Dunedin, we went up to the local kindy, found somewhere to tie up the dog ..... lots of people seem to be taking their dogs to vote today ....
Voting is sooo easy here in NZ .... I'd watched my partner vote in the US many times .... everything from President to dogcatcher ballots were so complex
And we still get to count ours manually - hooray!
We've taken our kids with us when we vote all their lives, we've talked about how to choose who to vote for, and how and who and why we choose to vote .... but when they started to vote made sure they knew it was their decision.
My son proudly harassed National's Woodhouse at Uni over his anti-gay marriage stance
This year they've both moved out, we've kept up the "you are going to vote aren't you" gentle reminders, I'll send them a text tomorrow. We'll both go to the church at the top of the hill early tomorrow then go for a coffee.
If it's a push poll it's subtle, when I returned to NZ 9ish years ago, and was new on the local electoral roll I got the most blatant National push poll that I eventually hung up on
When our annoying troller named 'jack'
Promised us he'd never come back
Our 'twisted selves' all really knew
He was hitting refresh despite his adieu
To see if anyone had noticed his lack
well maybe not an arrow, maybe more like a boomerang
There once was a troll here named 'Starrow'
Who carried water for Key in his barrow
On the eve of the election
He changed his direction
And fled from this place like an arrow
So Key didn't publish the name of his staffer who passed the SIS emails to (spit) Slater ... because he wanted to protect his privacy .... the rest of us apparently don't deserve privacy, on planet key it's apparently only available to National party toadies