Labour NOT breaking electoral law again

June 12th, 2013 at 2:20 pm by David Farrar

It is well known you can not distribute pre-filled in or pretend ballot papers. We’ve had this law for decades. But ’s candidate facebooked this (now deleted):

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You can see above Labour’s candidate facebooking a filled in ballot paper, and even worse promoting it for advance voting.

UPDATE: A reader says this came up in their timeline as sponsored, which means it is a paid advertisement by Labour. If so, that is even worse.

UPDATE2: Only an offence if done within 3 days of polling day, so not a law breach. I should have checked the rather than go off memory. Happy to state that on this occasion, Labour is not breaching electoral law, and my regrets I got it wrong. May this exception become the norm.

Arguable that with advance voting, the prohibition should be during the advance voting period.

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22 Responses to “Labour NOT breaking electoral law again”

  1. Rightandleft (638 comments) says:

    That seems like a pretty stupid law actually, like the one preventing people talking negatively about the weather on election day. Does this mean I’m breaking the law by letting my students run a fake kids vote election since they use pretend ballots? What is the intent of the law?

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  2. dishy (224 comments) says:

    A more authentic edition would show KFC stains.

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  3. RF (1,272 comments) says:

    Nasty party strikes again.

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  4. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    Chances of getting prosecuted are stuff all. There are still more than 30 outstanding electoral law breaches that remain uninvestigated by the Police.

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  5. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Steady on. Isn’t this more likely the case of someone who has never stood as an MP being completely unfamiliar with the rules and then being told to pull it? Save the cynicism and derision for the rest of them. Based on this, their need is far greater.

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  6. Manolo (13,376 comments) says:

    Nobody cares, including NZ Police, so the socialists will continue to break the law with total impunity.

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  7. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    I caught a labour MP doing this and taking them around Retirement homes. All the other candidates were fake, except him. No prosecution.

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  8. Ed Snack (1,738 comments) says:

    Query, is it OK to run a free sausage sizzle outside a polling booth if run by a party with a candidate in that election ? Is it close to “treating” ?

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  9. Barnsley Bill (977 comments) says:

    thedavincimode.
    No, this is not a case of a naif running their first campaign.
    Campaign attack dog number 1 is running the campaign. She runs every important campaign as well as blogging at the standard.
    These mutts know what they are doing and they know that the cops never ever do anything about it. From dozens of fake indian migrants in a single address to looting the public purse for ads. They do what they want and the public just lay back and beg for it harder.

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  10. SorryDavid (3 comments) says:

    Did David Farrar actually write this post? “Everyone knows you cannot distribute prefilled-in or pretend ballot papers. We’ve had this law for decades.” Mock ballot papers have been used by all parties in elections for decades. What the law actually says is that you cannot distribute them in the three days before polling day.” Polling day is described as the day provided for in the writ – Saturday 29 June.

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  11. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    B Bill

    My bad then. Carry on and increase volume accordingly.

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  12. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (788 comments) says:

    Not a damn thing will happen. Don’t waste any space and time. Let us move on bros.

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  13. Bad__Cat (137 comments) says:

    But it wouldn’t feel like a real election if the left didn’t try to steal it!!

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  14. Kleva Kiwi (281 comments) says:

    Labour party Moto:

    “Rules are made to be broken”

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  15. Andrew M (43 comments) says:

    David got it wrong. I’m no fan of Labour but the nice thing to do would be to change the defamatory post title.

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  16. bringbackdemocracy (394 comments) says:

    Do they have 42 Indians at one address on the Maori roll?
    Have they stolen $840,000 to fund their campaign?
    Have they exceeded the spending limit by $400,000?

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  17. BlairM (2,287 comments) says:

    My opinion on this is the same as my opinion on the John Banks debacle: It’s a stupid law, shouldn’t be illegal, so I don’t care.

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  18. itstricky (1,569 comments) says:

    Cmon DPF worth more than a lip service “UPDATE2″. They haven’t broken the law but have obviously realised it was stupid. You’ve posted a scathing few lines only to realise you’ve got it wrong. Gonna pull your post like them?

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  19. Andrew M (43 comments) says:

    Of course he won’t pull it. He will start crying and dishing out the demerits when people later call him a partisan hack though.

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  20. itstricky (1,569 comments) says:

    Clearly he’s too busy doing important stuff like, tweeting, to notice this.

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  21. itstricky (1,569 comments) says:

    Hurrah, up votes for DPF from everyone! ;)

    Props. brother.

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  22. Francis_X (149 comments) says:

    Epic fail, DPF…..

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