Local body election – voting papers

My voting papers arrived for the local body elections today. I suppose I had better spend some time shifting through eleven mayoral candidates and over forty council candidates.

The standout for me is the lack of strong choices who stand a chance, especially for mayor. I think the encumbent is likely to win by default but I expect with less votes than last time.

The Auckland and Wellington mayoralties are the only ones getting much media attention nationally, and Auckland seems pretty much a done deal for Phil Goff anyway, with no challengers looking like getting close. That’s a shame but if you don’t have stand out candidates to vote for then the only well known name is likely to win.

Christchurch must be a done deal for Leanne Dalziel because that is getting no attention.

Wellington looks to be a real contest though, especially between Coughlan, Lester and Leggett. Unfortunately party politics has become a major factor there, but i don’t care who wins.

I’ll do my best to make an informed choice in the Dunedin election but enthusiasm (mine) is as lacking as the quality of choices.

It’s sort of weird. I was right in the middle of the campaign last time and now struggle to give a stuff.

But hey – we should all do our bit for democracy and vote.

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15 Comments

  1. Pete Kane

     /  17th September 2016

    What’s the voting system in Dunedin Pete?

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    • STV on both mayor and council, so a simple tick doesn’t suffice. It makes it hard work to do it properly.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th September 2016

        I do everyone I know first, with any friend first of all, then those I haven’t but like the sound of. A man I know whose surname is Awa says that that’s why he keeps being voted on 😀 Someone called Zweigel probably doesn’t have a dog’s show. 😀

        I have no sympathy for people like the man I know who sends his papers back blank and then complains about the council and DHB.

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        • “A man I know whose surname is Awa says that that’s why he keeps being voted on😀 Someone called Zweigel probably doesn’t have a dog’s show.”

          Voting papers are in randomised order now, or at least our ones are.

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          • Pete Kane

             /  17th September 2016

            Nicola Young got lucky. No1 on the list for Mayor and on the ward list for council.
            I would have thought, given technology, you could actually randomise in an even way ie so many papers with this order so many with that etc. I mean its the barcodes and picking up the order that matters. (Slightly tonge in cheek.)

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  17th September 2016

              I know that some are, but can’t remember if ours are now. ________ Awa would be voted in again even if he was Mr Zweigel.

              He was most unimpressed to hear that the meningitis posters were-at least in A & E-of the hospital were only in Maori, as this issue is much too serious for that sort of PC.

  2. Pete Kane

     /  17th September 2016

    Something new every day and all that. Discovered I don’t have a local community board. I think I knew and had forgotten, but 3 Councillors to choose from 7 candidates (Lambton Ward, WCC).

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th September 2016

      When my late husband was on the community board, the local vicar said nastily and ignorantly that she supposed that he was doing it for the money. Only a fool would have done all that for such a pittance. It barely covered costs.

      This was someone who charged the RSA to do the Anzac Day service (!), so the idea of doing something for nothing may have been unknown to her.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th September 2016

        Does anyone know if this is usual for clergy ? It seemed mean to me.

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  17th September 2016

          Maybe it says more about your *late husband*, Kitzy ❓

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        • Pete Kane

           /  17th September 2016

          Maybe it was just an attempt at humor Ms Kitty. (You know the number of ordained women in the Hamilton Dioceses?)

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        • Gezza

           /  17th September 2016

          Sometimes their collection plates are just full of unsigned IOUs these days I understand, largely owing to neo-liberalism. 😇

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  3. Zedd

     /  18th September 2016

    @PG

    I think I’ll vote for all the ‘Radicals’
    I think the ‘old boys club’ needs a good shake !

    Maybe; Abe #1 😀

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