Voting for local body elections opens tomorrow.
Voting packs arrive in letterboxes around the country between tomorrow and September 21. The voting document needs to be in the return post by October 5, and voting closes at midday on October 8.
In Auckland, more than one million voters will receive a document with instructions and information about the 468 candidates contesting 170 positions.
This includes the role of mayor, 20 ward councillors and 149 local board representatives.
Electors will also be asked to choose 21 representatives for three district health boards and 35 representatives for five local licensing trusts.
People have asked me, Whaleoil, to provide some guidance on how to vote in the Auckland elections. All I can do is tell you that I have no idea myself.
Which leaves us all with a problem.
Should we bother to vote? If we vote, who for? And why?
I spent a considerable time talking it through with other interested parties over the last few days, and we’ve basically got to the following position.
- We can’t vote for Phil Goff. He should not get a larger vote than he truly earns. If he wins on a plurality of less than 50% with the lowest turnout ever, then that in itself is something we can all use to test him over the next three years.
- We can’t vote for Vic Crone. She is dreadfully inept. She’s a collection of bumper sticker slogans and management speak. Apart from her reputedly effective time at Xero, nobody that spent time with her over the last 6 months has been able to understand how she will translate any of that success to being a mayor.
- We can’t vote for John Palino. He could have been a credible choice but has been sidelined due to the media deliberately keeping him out of all the narratives, not being invited to debates and blocked from debates. Sure, you can vote for him, but what’s the point? Which brings me to 4:
- Vote for Penny Bright.
I presume you have now recoiled and perhaps even made a loud exclamation you may have to explain to the ones around you. Penny Bright? Is Cam insane?
You must of course do what you feel is best for you. But I am proposing people who consider NOT voting, or don’t know who to vote for and are genuinely lost, to place a protest vote by voting for Penny Bright.
Having Penny Bright well supported will give us a 3 year source of mirth and derision. She’ll never win. That’s a given.
We’ve gone round in circles. OF COURSE we can’t vote for Penny Bright. We really need to take this more seriously. So, we should…. dammit. We don’t know who to vote for.