The Electoral Commission is trying to be funny … but it’s not
Private Bin was a little bemused about the commission's statement suggesting there was a competition between cities to be the worse enrolled places ahead of the local body elections coming up this year.Apparently Palmerston North is the worst with just 87
Tue, 06 Jul 2010
Private Bin was a little bemused about the commission’s statement suggesting there was a competition between cities to be the worse enrolled places ahead of the local body elections coming up this year.
Apparently Palmerston North is the worst with just 87.6% of those eligible on the roll. Dunedin is next with 88.3%.
In Auckland, there are nearly 100,000 people not enrolled.
Private Bin thinks it’s time the commission spends a little more time on targeted marketing campaigns if it is particularly concerned about the issue.
Palmerston North and Dunedin are both student towns, with a fluid population. Since the last election thousands of people have left and many thousands have come in to replace them.
Has the commission attempted to talk to the universities about wrangling students on to the path of the righteously enrolled?
In Auckland, people move around… a lot, if Private Bin’s experience is anything to go by. In Auckland it only takes moving suburbs to change electorates and, for some reason, for most people electoral roll details aren’t at the very top of the agenda.
However, to be fair, the commission has made it pretty easy. Forms are available online, from PostShops, the phone or texts. Also, it can be done online.
It’s a hard sell… people just don’t care enough about politics anymore. Except Private Bin, of course.
Tue, 06 Jul 2010
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