The Electoral Commission has a blanket ban on influencing voters on election day:
On election day (from midnight on 19 September until 7pm on 20 September) there is a general prohibition of the publication of any statement that is likely to influence which candidate or party a person should, or should not, vote for.
The major political blogs are taking this seriously.
September 20th, 2014 at 12:01 am by David Farrar
It’s now election day so no discussion of NZ politics until 7 pm please. This especially includes preferred outcomes, how people should vote or how you voted.
And if you haven’t already voted, make sure you get out there and vote.
Written By: – Date published: 8:05 pm, September 19th, 2014
At 12pm tonight, the comments section on this site will (largely) stop accepting comments. The reason for this is that the electoral law and the electoral commission are quite clear. On election day you may not urge others to vote or not vote a particular way.
This means that we won’t accept comments on this site as a simple way to ensure that no-one may use this site to violate the law or to get this site into trouble. Besides you all should be out working for parties to turn the vote out.
The Daily Blog:
The Daily Blog will be closed for Election day as this should be a day of celebration, not ongoing debate. Harsh words and anger have separated and divided us as a country for the last month of campaigning, let us put aside our bitter arguments and rejoice that we are blessed to live in a country where the transfer of power can occur without violence, without intimidation, without the gun. Few places on earth are so lucky.
Whoever has the privilege of leading our country has a great responsibility to seriously tackle the many complex issues we face, not as individuals, but as a whanau.
Kia kaha Aoteara. Vote now.
Participating (commenting) on Whaleoil today – EXTRA RULES
by Pete on September 20, 2014 at 5:00am
Even though any breach of the Electoral Act on Whaleoil today will probably be met with a caution at worst, we would like to run a decent show. None of our articles will breach the rules. But people that comment are also required to change what they would normally do to fall within the requirements of the Act.
Failure to adhere to the rules set out here today (until the polls close at 7 pm) will result in having your commenting access permanently withdrawn. Even if you did it out of ignorance.
Whaleoil is under constant scrutiny by those that want to trip us up or want to cause financial, legal or reputational harm. Anyone who places Whaleoil in a position to be complained about will lose their access. In simple terms, avoid talking about politics! Whaleoil will be quite different on election day as we will also need to run articles that fall within the guidelines.
It will be extremely difficult not to trip up if you want to talk about New Zealand politics. Simply do not comment on any political issue directly or obliquely, until 7 pm. If you can’t restrain yourself, you’re in a lottery where you may ‘win’ a permanent ban.
Whaleoil will help you by posting articles that have nothing to do with New Zealand politics.
Final note: I fully expect the usual trolls to sign up and leave offending comments in an attempt to get Whaleoil in trouble. If you see such comments, simply flag them. Do nothing else. Do NOT respond. (Do not feed the trolls).
Public Address is by far the least active on this, with a minor paragraph at the end of a post Time to Vote.
I’d appreciate if the discussion for this post was not rancorous – and, of course, please don’t upset the Electoral Commission tomorrow by appearing to persuade any other reader to vote in a particular way. But apart from that, rock on everyone. See you at the polls.