Barriers to voting

July 26th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports on likely barriers to voting for the 22% who say they may not vote. In order they are:

  1. Too difficult to get to a polling station 18%
  2. Too busy 8%
  3. Don’t know enough 8%
  4. 5% not interested
  5. 5% dislike politicians and parties
  6. 3% which party wins does not matter

I note that electronic voting would help with the largest factor.

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32 Responses to “Barriers to voting”

  1. Johnboy (16,554 comments) says:

    “Too difficult to get out of bed on a Saturday morning” Seems to be be missing! :)

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  2. Fisiani (1,039 comments) says:

    Those who fail to vote are not the brightest. Making it easier for them means that they will not vote using any intelligence and thus would probably vote for a party that offersthem bribes aka Labour/Greens/NZF/Internet/Mana

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  3. Fisiani (1,039 comments) says:

    With two weeks of advance voting possible I do not believe it is too difficult to reach a polling place.

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  4. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    I think any electronic or internet voting is a terrible idea. If you cannot get off your jacksie once every three years for one hour you don’t deserve a vote. Parties manage to get the fogies in old folk’s homes to vote for heaven’s sake.

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  5. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    They pass the polling place to have a drink, buy some food and place a bet several times a week.

    Being creatures of habit they just don’t know where the polling place is and finding out for a once in three year vote is not worth their bother.

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  6. JMS (330 comments) says:

    There should also be no govt funded TV, radio or print media advertising for an election. There are literally thousands of other ways to inform oneself about an election.

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  7. Johnboy (16,554 comments) says:

    Sad wee turds that can’t drag their useless carcasses down to a bloody polling booth on a Saturday morning once every three years don’t deserve a damned vote! :)

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  8. notrotsky (84 comments) says:

    No no no to electronic voting get off your arse and vote…… even homer can do it.

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  9. Yoza (1,872 comments) says:

    By default all those enrolling or already enrolled to vote should go on the unpublished roll.

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  10. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    Too difficult? Bollocks. Everyone is within 2km of a polling booth.

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  11. Rowan (2,345 comments) says:

    I’d go for 5, Don’t like any of the parties enough, every labour/green policy seems to be another reason not to vote for them, national are the best of a bad lot but there are still a lot of areas in which they can improve.

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  12. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Too difficult to get to a polling booth? WTF?!?!

    Electronic voting would reduce participation. Millions of lives have been lost fighting for democracies. I’m also not willing to give the idle and lazy a chance to vote on their phone. One day in 3 years. Just one day. In fact, about 15 minutes in that one day too.

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  13. kowtow (8,469 comments) says:

    Barrier?

    What barrier?

    They use the same language for no hopers who can’t be bothered to go to the Doc or a follow up appointment.

    Usually pitched as ” a lack of access to health and social services”

    Always someone else’s (usually honkey colonial) fault.

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  14. smttc (752 comments) says:

    I venture to suggest that the people who have the most stake in the policies of the government to be (ie taxpayers) are the ones most inclined to vote closely followed by the socialists who want to vote themselves other people’s money.

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  15. Inky_the_Red (759 comments) says:

    Too difficult to get to a polling station. Really hard, this year people can vote from September 3. That over 2 week to tick 2 boxes.

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  16. marcw (247 comments) says:

    All the (few) reports I’ve read about electronic voting say it’s too hard to get 100% right and guaranteed secure. The cost of democracy is just too great to compromise for the sake of a few useless no-hopers that can’t take their thumb out to make a vote, in spite of the millions in the world who gave their lives to give them their right to have a say.

    In any case, making the trip to the polls is actually quite a nice citizen feeling thing to do, and gives me a sense of community. I won’t get that swiping a tick on a smartphone while eating breakfast in my dressing-gown. And some of you may just be in your underpants, shock horror. A vote like that just is not right.

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  17. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “Too difficult? Bollocks. Everyone is within 2km of a polling booth.”

    How dumb is that claim?

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  18. Akaroa (557 comments) says:

    What about: “Now, look here!. Every thinking person knows full well that 90% of politicians are only in the ol’ political game to feather their own nests – either directly, by skewing the voting on legislative issues to favour themselves or their sleazy mates, or, on the other hand, merely to chalk up a win against the other lot. (Yah-boo Sucks!, and High Fives all round!!)

    That being so, it isn’t really surprising how low the level of integrity is amongst the temporary habituees of Parliament.

    Now is it?

    Voting for any of them only encourages them! Personally, I wouldn’t have a bar of it!!”

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  19. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    ‘I note that electronic voting would help with the largest factor’

    So would abandoning the inane privacy excuse used to close remote Booths and transferring funding at present spent on advertising to meeting the costs of providing those remote booths.

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  20. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    I have some sympathy for those who live in remote areas (yes some people do live more than 2km from a booth). But advance voting should solve that problem. I suggest that is an option that should be given more publicity.

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  21. GPT1 (2,121 comments) says:

    It’s also a complete crap excuse, if you leave your house you can barely avoid a polling booth. If you live in a rural area it might be a drive to the nearest school – where you kids go five days a week – so hardly a big drama.

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  22. RupertB (5 comments) says:

    Dpf, is there evidence, rather than assumption, that online voting really does lift turnout? Norway last month abandoned its experiment with e-voting over security fears and the fact that it didn’t, after all, lift turnout. Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28055678

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  23. Recidivist_offender (28 comments) says:

    Voting goes against my principles. I prefer totalitarianism.

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  24. Michael (909 comments) says:

    My stepmother used to ring the Conservatives and get them to drive her to vote as she was too far from a booth in the countryside near Wakefield. She voted Labour, of course.

    But this still happens – if you can’t get to a booth, ring the dominant local party and they’ll arrange transport.

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  25. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    Seems like they could all be the same answer

    If it is too difficult to get to a polling station, generally means you are not particularly interested.

    If you are not interested it will be easy to find anything you think is more important therefore almost anything can make you too busy.

    If you are not interested you probably don’t know much.

    If you don’t know much you probably don’t know the difference so which party wins looks like it does not matter

    And finally – you probably dislike politicians since from your perspective they don’t seem to be doing anything besides paying themselves a salary…

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  26. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    My vote is one of the most precious things I have and I think long and hard before casting it. Boy that sounds sad but I don’t give a shit.

    I tell people who don’t vote, great, my vote is effectively two votes then, and I might vote for someone who upsets your particular apple cart. You can see the little wheels and cogs whirring as this is mentally registered. Last person I said this to (in the RSA as it turns out!) I saw a few days later at school lined up ready to cast their vote.

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  27. Jaffa (94 comments) says:

    Ring your local Labour candidate and tell them you need a lift to the polling booth.

    Then vote National!

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  28. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    I don’t see the option ‘it doesn’t matter whether one votes’

    If the no voters are evenly spread then the end result is unchanged. At a rough level that is true but when we have close elections the bias in the ‘I don’t think my vote out of several million won’t make a difference’ is likely to make a difference. Hard to get that across to many who are fed up and bored of politics and don’t understand how it affects their lives.

    I know many so called educated and informed who earn serious dollar but do not realise or do not care that Labour equals more taxes for instance or that any MMP voting process is normally very close or that the Winston 1st party may well end up deciding who is the ruling party or that a left wing block will need the Greens (many of them see this as a positive as they see the Greens as an environmental party).

    I suspect this lack of understanding is 1/2 the problem.

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  29. Graham Sharpe (6 comments) says:

    Where is the option for too bloody lazy to get off their arse and get on with it?

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  30. CharlieBrown (1,012 comments) says:

    South park did a good episode on this. The basic premise was when your only choice is a douche(silent t) or turd sandwich (hellen key) it is hard to motivate yourself to vote.

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  31. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    Too difficult and too busy makes 26% of the 22% who say the MAY not vote, or approx 5%. Not a very big number considering close to 30% won’t make it to a polling station this time. Postal voting would also be a solution, but we all know how successful that has been with local government elections.

    The sceptics here have voiced their doubts about the validity of the barrier, and I share that view, with advance voting it is simply apathy dressed in an excuse.

    Can someone honestly tell me what kind of genuinely willing voter faces an insurmountable barrier to being able to vote? Like a NZer living overseas, who is quite far from a NZ mission, perhaps?

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  32. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    7. Wat’s “Elekshins?”
    8. Too stoned.
    9. Am just an animal.
    10. I Dunno… [sniff]
    11. The rich get richer the poor get poorer
    12. It’s all for the white man
    13. Fuck tha police!

    We don’t want to make it any easier for the sort of people who don’t vote, to vote… :-)

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