Message from the Electoral Commission

With so much advance voting the election day laws seem out of date but they are still the law so must be adhered to here.

From midnight Friday until 7pm on Saturday 17 October, you can’t post or share content that’s likely, or intended to influence someone’s candidate, party or referendum vote.

The election day rules make no exemption for the expression of personal political views online.

More details here: Social media

So no comments please that in any way refer to New Zealand politics or the election until 7 pm on election day.

If this is breached comments will be deleted and commenting privileges will be suspended.

Have a nice politics free day, unless of course you are voting, but keep your thoughts to yourself.

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14 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  17th October 2020

    Bureaucracy lives in its own time warp. Ludicrous.

    Reply
    • It does seem ludicrous and outdated, but it is Parliament that has failed to change the laws to suit substantially changed voting practices.

      It would probably be be ludicrous to be prosecuted for a breach of the law, but no harm will be done to anyone having a politics free part day.

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      • seer

         /  17th October 2020

        “It does seem ludicrous and outdated, but it is Parliament that has failed to change the laws to suit substantially changed voting practices.”

        And that is why we all should vote for

        Reply
        • It’s probably too late anyway, people will have made their minds up by now.

          Reply
        • Duker

           /  17th October 2020

          Australian polling places on the day are infested with party hacks and signs as they have no restrictions…. a polling place is like honey for the campaign bees.

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    • Fight4nz

       /  17th October 2020

      Hardly a big deal.

      What was the original rationale?

      Reply
  2. NOEL

     /  17th October 2020

    Aussie partisan voter once asked me what do you do on election day.
    Enjoy a day free of politics.
    He said on their election day they go down to the booths to heckle the opposition.
    Aussies no surprises there.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  17th October 2020

    Four ticks later democracy is done and dusted for another three years.

    Local mechanic in his overalls made me feel overdressed in my shorts and jersey and the average age of the voters made Mrs Al feel young again.

    Reply
    • I did mine early as I happened to be near a booth. It was a surprise that only half of voters had done this rather than leaving it until the last minute.

      Reply

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