As far as remembering something as a news story goes, it was Erebus. But I vividly remember the day Elvis died, because the woman from downstairs came up to see Mum in absolute floods of tears and I was very confused.
Though I take the point that it's often actually used as a block, "I don't need to know about it" is at least on the continuum through "it's none of my business" to the realisation "I don't get to have an opinion about it".
The thing about "I don't need to know about it" is that often it means "please don't interfere with my assumption that you are [default]". If people were assuming ignorance and coding everyone neutral, that would at least be better. But they're not. It's like saying "I don't see colour" when what you mean is "Wherever at all possible I will assume everyone is white". Not talking about it leads to ignoring and erasing diversity.
For those who haven't seen it:" http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-15/same-sex-marriage-results-ssm/9145636 62% in favour of more marraige equality, but 30% in my electorate. Ow!
Dude, you need to move. But yeah, the overall result for NSW kind of boggled me. That's a hell of a split between Sydney and... everywhere else?
I really don’t see any evidence more civics education is needed.
Rebuttal: Two minutes reading Stuff comments.
Further rebuttal: two weeks working in a polling booth. My son voted for the first time this year, and had no idea what to do or what the votes were for until I sat him down and explained it. Clearly nobody had done this for all the people furious and confused that they couldn't vote for Prime Minister.
If I'm reading this correctly, does it mean that if people were successfully enrolled at the previous election, and remain at the same address or in the same electorate, they should still be allowed to vote (from the dormant roll) if they show up to a polling booth at the next election? ie. Being removed from the main roll because an EasyVote card was returned-to-sender shouldn't make a difference. (60(c) states that any person who's qualified to be registered in a district, and was successfully enrolled "in that district", is allowed to vote.
They're not on the printed roll. Anyone who's not on the printed roll has to cast a special vote. So if they don't get shitty and walk out of the polling booth (we can't tell them why they're not on the printed roll, because we don't know), then they cast a special, and in the apparently far too long and drawn out process of counting the specials*, if they're on the dormant roll, that'll be picked up.
* (But whhhhhyyyyy does it take so long to count the specials? Because it fucking does, all right?)
Seems a very bad idea to just automatically unenrol folks where those forms are marked 'Return to Sender' - why not wait to see if they turn up to vote and then initiate a change of address?.
Well, at the moment, if you don't, then you send their EasyVote cards to an address you know they're not at, basically giving their cards to someone else. And they have the whole of the advance voting period to come in and cast a valid vote.
So how do people of no fixed abode get enrolled to vote? And do overseas citizens have an electorate to vote in if they don’t have a current address here in New Zealand?
You can enrol with the residential address where you last lived for (off the top of my head) two months, even if that was ages ago. You can also use your parents' address, or somewhere like a City Mission as your mailing address. The EC's guideline is that your residential address should be the place you think of as home, even if you don't live there most of the time.
We had quite a few voters furious to find that, since the last time they'd voted, they'd been disenrolled. In most cases, this would be because they moved, didn't update their address, their first 'check your details are correct' pack went to their old address, and was returned to sender.
- Auto-enrol high school & university students upon turning 18
On the published, public roll?
And you know where they live how?
(I support everything else mentioned there, but not this.)
First, which electorate candidates outperformed their party’s party vote.
So I've really noticed this in Chch, including counting votes for East, Central and Port Hills where people have voted National for party and Labour for candidate. My first reaction was that maybe National should be standing less waste-of-space candidates.
Also, the number of people who didn't know the name of their electorate, but knew their MP was Ruth Dyson.
(ETA: Emma mentioned the tablet in the other post. I had assumed that my enrolment details would be available to the staff (I enrolled a week ago, and checked my details on the Commission website online before I went out to vote - so I'm definitely enrolled). But they didn't seem to have anything except the printed "book").
Yeah, the tablet is a trial for advance voting and won't be there on election day. I think it's okay for me to say that the trial has not been going 100% smoothly, and I wouldn't be astounded if some polling places had decided not to use it.
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.