Emma, would you mind if I shared links to these posts on Tumblr?
Absolutely go for it.
But I also expect that the staff are not going to be dicks about the rule.
You might very well think that. But I, and I cannot emphasise this enough, __couldn't possibly comment.
But also, bear in mind, scrutineers.
And yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to engage on the Name Issue here any more. I've said all I can say.
Emma already mentioned the tablet, for example.
Just to note, the tablet is advance voting only, and just a trial.
If I was feeling protective about such a person of my acquaintance (again, I'm not), I might be inclined to be a dick about it to make a point, and possibly obtain a ruling on the interpretation of that "verbally confirm" bit.
The Electoral Commission does a review of every election, which is given to a parliamentary select committee which decides what changes will be made for the next election. That would be the most effective time and place to bring it up.
This is good to know. I live in Hamilton East and when voting in 2011 we had to file past 3-4 big guys in National t-shirts and rosettes that were lined up at the door.
Yeah, they should be sitting down set back behind the issuing desk, with the desks and issuing officers between them and the voters. They are allowed to get up and move around, though. If you're ever worried about the behaviour of scrutineers (and in those circumstances I would be), please have a quiet word with the polling place manager. They've got a lot to keep an eye on and they might not have noticed.
Since we don't have to provide ID, can't anyone pretend to be me?
I would hate to get to the polls and be told someone had already voted for me!
So for me the corollary to this is "Do you think people who don't have ID shouldn't be allowed to vote?"
Does New Zealand have a problem with in-person voter fraud? No it does not.
From the phrasing of that, I'd expect that handing over my Easy Vote card and saying, "Yes, that is my name" would be sufficient. Would they really prevent me from voting if I don't say "I am Jeremy Andrew"?
Again, "Yes that's my name" would have been sufficient in 2014. This time we will ask you what your name is, and if you refuse to say, we will send you to the polling place manager. (I assume that the reasoning is that if you have someone else's EasyVote card, and I'm holding it, you might cock up reproducing the name on it.)
I understand how weird this seems. But I'm going to beg you not to be a dick about it.
Exit polls are common overseas, but not used in NZ. Is there anything to stop exit polls being conducted on Advance Voting? How long before pollsters (or party spinners with mysterious "internal polls") start telling us how people have voted, to influence those who haven't yet?
I'm so intrigued by this I'm running a Twitter poll on how people would respond, because my gut instinct is that exit polling is so foreign to the NZ mindset around voting that you'd struggle to get useful data from it. So far, the 'tell them to fuck off' and 'creatively lie' options are running higher than 'tell them how you voted'.
The requirement is to "verbally give or verbally confirm his or her
name". Before 2014 it just said "give any particulars that are necessary for finding the elector’s name on the rolls.", but this version was there for the last election too. I suppose someone complained about what "confirm" means.
So last election, our script was to find them on the roll and then say, "Can you confirm you name is [name]?"
This time around, we find them on the roll and then say, "Can you please state your name?" and they have to say it. If they're Deaf or can't speak, they can point or otherwise indicate it, but this is our default script.
Can I say my name in any official NZ language? (i have a sign name). How do Deaf people do this?
Is your sign name your legal name?
If you finger-spell your legal name, I will understand it, but most Issuing Officers won't.
And yeah, my son, who will be voting for the first time this election, is both deaf and trans, so I very much understand the difficulties.
Have to admit, the "EasyVote card" reference is strange to me. How long has that been a thing? I don't remember getting one last time, and certainly won't receive one before voting this time. (I will be casting an advance vote before returning to Japan.) If it isn't actually needed for voting, what is its purpose?
I can't remember, but at the very least they've been around the last three elections.
Its purpose is that it makes voting faster. It has the page and line number of the roll on it, so we can go straight to your name. Also it has your named spelled correctly, so we don't have to to ask.
No additional messages when I hover over the links?
Those are some of the best bits in your columns (and that's a high bar)
Aw, thanks Andrew. Tbh, I started laying off them because so many people are reading them on Devices, and so don't get mouse-over text.
Thank you for this, Emma. I hope you're staying well.
I have just had the 'doing okay for now' on my brain tumor. And it's spring, so I'll be getting better otherwise.