Early voting a big success

I was one of those who voted early, at the local supermarket, 1,240,739 other people agreed with me that voting early was a good idea.

The number of people who cast an early vote this election hit a record high, with 1,240,740 New Zealanders having their say before election day.

The number easily surpassed the 716,000 who voted early last election. About 2.4 million people voted in total in 2014.

Increased interest around the election and double the number of places to vote early could explain the double in number of early votes.

Convenience was also key this time around, with voters even able to cast early votes at certain supermarkets.

An electoral law stating voting booths could not be placed inside businesses selling alcohol meant early voting stations were in store car parks.

On Friday, a record 253,473 people voted, making it the largest day of early voting in New Zealand history.

By Friday night just over 3 million people were enrolled to vote.

The left-wing thinks early voting is favourable to them. I’m not sure. Most of the people I saw voting the day I went were pensioners, tradies and working people. The only two younger people I saw voting were my two kids.

I don’t have a problem with early voting. The only changes I would make would be to cut off enrolment a month out from the election and resist the push of some to have electronic voting.

Obviously electoral rules needs changing with more and more people voting early. It is ridiculous that while early voting is going on you can write, publish and blog pretty much whatever you want, but come polling day…it’s all bad because you might influence someone with their voting. With nearly 50% voting early it would seem a ridiculous presumption to make.


-NZ Herald


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