Farrar will get himself all excited over this

Wellington City Council are going to experiment with online voting.

Selection of Wellington City Council to participate in a trial for online voting at next year’s local body elections has been welcomed by the Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

“We hope younger people and those with disabilities will take the opportunity to vote online and have their say in local body affairs,” she says.

Mayor Wade-Brown says engagement with the community is important for local authorities.

“We already use online mechanisms as a way of increasing participation in many council processes, from Smokefree issues to our Long Term Plan, so it makes sense for us to participate in the online voting trial.   

Wellington will join seven other local authorities in the trial which was announced by Local Government New Zealand today.

“Our involvement in the trial will be a real time exercise with real candidates and a real result,” she says.

Council has committed $100,000 toward the cost of the trial for Wellington City which operates an STV system of voting.

A hundred grand? Surely there is better use of ratepayer money?

My view on EV is this…if you can’t be arsed participating in democracy and want to hit “like” on a voting form then you don’t deserve a vote. If it is too hard to walk a few hundred metres to a voting booth then frankly you are a waste of space.

You can just see union standover tactics as they “help” you with voting.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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