Vote early, don’t vote often

September 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Advance voting has started in most, if not all, electorates in New Zealand. From today you can go to an advance voting booth and cast your party and electorate vote. You can find advance voting booths here.

If you think there is even a remote chance you may be busy on election day, then make sure your vote counts and vote now. Don’t put it off. You do not need a reason to advance vote – anyone can do it.

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18 Responses to “Vote early, don’t vote often”

  1. Redbaiter (9,098 comments) says:

    I think we should be progressive about elections and call them what they really are under socialism.

    Vote auctions.

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  2. Harriet (4,975 comments) says:

    “….advance vote….”

    How did this get around all the current election laws – like no hoardings 24 hrs before voting is to take place?

    Seems to me that it’s nothing more than a dishonest way to get changes made to the election laws around hoardings, tweets ect.

    Self interest by the parties I suspect.

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  3. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    I can’t fathom why the Internet-Mana rabble is urging us to vote early through their Mobilize campaign before we have heard Kim DotCom’s so-called bombshell. Surely they should be telling us to wait so we will all flock to vote for IMP.
    Or is it more of a damp squib and, like everything this odious man does, promises more than it ever delivers?

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  4. cctrfred (42 comments) says:

    This seems an ideal way for people intending to party on Friday night 19 Sept to ensure they get their voting done beforehand, maybe during a working or study week at lunchtime. Possibly early voting should be more widely publicised. I can imagine someone sleeping in on Saturday 20 Sept and not getting around to voting due to a hangover.

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  5. alex (304 comments) says:

    Technical question – are advance votes counted on election day, or are they counted as ‘special votes’ and released two weeks afterwards?

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  6. m@tt (629 comments) says:

    “I can’t fathom why the Internet-Mana rabble is urging us to vote early”
    Psychology. You probably wont vote early because IMP tell you to, but if the party you have made up your mind to vote for urges you to do so, you might. It’s a message aimed at their already decided voter base.

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  7. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    alex – apparently they are counted from early afternoon on election day and included in the evening’s totals.

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  8. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    It’s too early for me to vote, there’s much more that could still come out in this campaign to be able to make a fully informed decision.

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  9. Tarquin North (305 comments) says:

    I’ll be voting on the 20th. We have to make every vote count this time, there can be no complacency. I won’t be voting often, I’m not in the union.

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  10. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    Dime enjoys the election day process. I like to file my vote with a sufficient amount of rage.. Sep 20 for me.

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  11. Mobile Michael (452 comments) says:

    Like this.

    I will be voting on Polling Day, and will take my children with me. I will let them see the process, but not my choice. When they are old enough to vote they will think it is natural to go and vote on polling day.

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  12. Nostradamus (3,344 comments) says:

    Not quite right, DPF.

    What you meant to write was: “You can find advance voting booths here (Labour voters only) and here (everyone else).

    :)

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  13. pidge (56 comments) says:

    Went and voted at lunch time to get it over and done with. Honestly though, If you can’t work out which desk to go to at the polling location to get the papers for your electorate… (Behind each desk is a stand with posters with the names of the electorates the person at the desk will issue voting papers for.)

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  14. lolitasbrother (702 comments) says:

    If you go to the overseas vote site , you will be wondering how to vote electronically.
    lots of stuff there about voting papers / yes voting papers? is this a joke / download your voting papers here /// where to return your voting papers to // upload your papers here
    and faxes, what is a fax // , oh a ??nd some stuff about suffragettes. Has Dotcon taken over this site.

    I want to vote electronic, tick Wagner, tick Nat, but I can not

    http://www.elections.org.nz/events/2014-general-election/voting-2014-all-you-need-know/voting-overseas-2014-general-election

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  15. lolitasbrother (702 comments) says:

    It tells me how to vote in sign language, but not in English, I need a Bangkok office, and three girls in short skirts, and an upgraded laptop, someone who can read the confusing junk on the election site, someone to tell me what a suffragette is, a fax machine, what in God’s name would I be doing with a fax machine in a thai village, a printing machine, a witness who believes in me, a scanner, what the hell is this
    look here is my vote
    Paul Scott Christchurch East, Vote Nat and Nat. someone do it for me, I go out for lunch with the short skirts now

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  16. lolitasbrother (702 comments) says:

    If you experience any problems using this service please look through our information here or email overseas@elections.org.nz with a description of the problem. Please include the 6-digit reference number if you were provided one in a pop-up message.

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  17. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    @ alex
    “Technical question – are advance votes counted on election day, or are they counted as ‘special votes’ and released two weeks afterwards?”

    Advance votes are counted from 2pm on Polling Day and are included in the results that night.
    Special votes cast on election day are counted and included in the “official” results Return of the Writ which is about
    2 weeks after polling day. At least that is my understanding.

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  18. eszett (2,417 comments) says:

    Pete George (23,363 comments) says:
    September 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am
    It’s too early for me to vote, there’s much more that could still come out in this campaign to be able to make a fully informed decision.

    Really? What could possibly persuade you not to vote for UF, Pete?

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