Breaking election rules comes naturally to “Voted twice” Bradbury

Ok, I can’t prove he voted twice – hence the quotation marks.  That still remains to be seen.  But he certainly enrolled twice.   At the time, I noted him using his daughter as part of his blog boosting election strategy.  But he also held an official voting form.

Here’s the fun part.  Enrolling twice can get you up to $2,000 in fines.

Taking and transmitting photos of voting forms?  $20,000.

The Electoral Commission is putting up signs to prevent voters from taking selfies in polling booths.

Warnings about social media use during the election period have fallen on deaf ears as constituents continue to upload photos of themselves and their ballot papers.

Now the commission says it has had to produce signs banning photography from inside the voting place.

“Photos within the voting place, and particularly those taken of marked ballot papers and behind voting screens, have generated a large number of complaints to the commission already, and as a result we have relooked at our rules around photography,” he said.

People have been told to take their photos down from Facebook and other online places by friends and family, but that doesn’t stop Martyn Bradbury from keeping his photo up on his blog.  He clearly doesn’t care about the law – whatever it takes, the end justifies the means.  We already know that.

The Electoral Act says it is against the law to distribute anything purporting to be an imitation of a ballot paper on election day or in the three days leading up to it.

It is also against the law to publish any statement on election day that is likely to influence voters.

Breaking these rules could result in a fine of up to $20,000.

So, I edited his daughter’s face from the photo (where he has not), and it turns out, I should have edited the election voting form out as well!

So here we go, consider this a mea culpa Electoral Commission.  But unlike Martyn,  my mistakes aren’t intentional, and at least I fix once I’m aware.

Photo edited to fall within Electoral Law

MANA Party and union funded blogger and Internet Party funded “strategist” – Martyn Bradbury.  // Photo edited once more to fall within NZ Electoral Law

 

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Oh, they do apply Penguin, it’s just that 1) he doesn’t care and 2) none of them are actually enforced.  Police have stated any election law breaches will result in cautions.   So anything goes really.

 

– Siobhan Downes, Fairfax News


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