Each week The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Today it’s miniscule numbers of people voting in local elections, and what needs to change. Hosted by Frances Cook.
Local body elections are closing this weekend, but are already marred by plummeting voter turnout in many areas.
At the last available count, 22.6 per cent of Auckland’s voters have had a say.
Meanwhile in Wellington, as of Wednesday, only 25.4 per cent have cast a vote.
Some, even the Prime Minister herself, are suggesting this means it’s time for online voting.
Stealing a hard-copy election is surprisingly difficult and very hard to hide. Stealing an on-line election, however, is a much easier proposition. If it’s done properly, no one but the people who paid for the hack will ever know.
…because of the ease of hacking online voting machines, any NZ election that adopts online voting would mean I would never vote again.
If the result is open to hacking, participation is a democratic pretence for legitimisation & I won’t participate in that farce