Of all the reasons to be against same day enrolment in an election, surely the National Party’s development spokesperson’s comments that to do so would reward a lack of personal responsibility is perhaps the most outrageous…
National’s Māori development spokesperson says same day enrolling and voting rewards lack of personal responsibility.
National is opposing the provision in the Electoral Amendment Bill setting the rules for the September 19 election.
Jo Hayes says the existence of a large number of provisional votes by people who have enrolled that day could mean the result isn’t known for another 10 days after the election.
She says people should get onto the roll before election day.
“If people get it into their heads to get enrolled before that, then there’s increasing participation that way. For somebody to roll out of bed on the day of the election and think ‘I don’t know if I’m enrolled or not?’ – is that personal responsibility? I don’t think it is,” she says.
…as a liberal progressive Democracy we want EVERYONE to participate, same day enrolment would allow that to occur and that would help minority voters in NZ to have their voices heard and feel involved in the outcome. Why hold onto a rule that actually stops more people from voting based on some weird moral belief that doing so erodes personal responsibility?
What the actual?
National are frightened that same day enrolment would attract a large percentage of disengaged voters that don’t vote for them and building some moral argument of personal responsibility to defend that is atrocious.
Good to see Waatea News once again leading the agenda with this great interview.