I'd not been aware that advance voting stations doubled as enrolment stations. Is it meant to be all of them?
The article is also quite vague on detail and lacking conviction about how serious it is or isn't considered to be, but Labour seems to be saying that some unenrolled voters are being turned away from advance voting booths.
They're certainly not being turned away from ours, we've been steadily enrolling people. And yes, you can enrol at any advance booth, before Saturday.
I can report that the advance-vote polling station I used in Blenheim was more wheelchair-friendly, with level ground-floor access through wide sliding doors (though I suspect the space available to get in and out of the booths might be slightly too narrow for easy manoeuvring).
Yeah, last election, our advance booth was upstairs in the library. There is a lift, but it's around the back and means a bit of fucking around. This year, we're downstairs right next to the food court with big wide doors. We had a couple of people in wheelchairs in today and there didn't seem to be any problems.
The first time I worked election day, though, we were in a booth which shall remain nameless which was down as accessible and absolutely was not.
Oh and there's a reddit thread of Kiwis voting from overseas, which somehow turned into a discussion of Canadian sport, but still, it's kind of great.
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'.