Enroll by Wednesday for EasyVote

While you can enroll to vote on ANY day before the election day, so long as you’re willing to go through varying degrees of extra hassle, the last day to enroll and still receive an EasyVote card in the mail is a month before election day- or this Wednesday, October the 8th. The EasyVote card contains all the necessary details for the polling booth, and greatly speeds up voting. It even comes with a package reminding you how to vote in advance so that you don’t need to be embarrassed checking the information in polling centre, and it also lists the nearest polling places to your address on the electoral roll.

If you’re a student or move around a lot, you can still enroll from an address you don’t necessarily live at that you call home. You should enroll at the last address you permanently resided in for at least a month, if possible. The most important thing is that you have a permanent address that you can verify, and that you can receive mail from that address. If you’re Maori, you can still enroll on the general roll if you don’t want to vote in a Maori electorate. You can also enroll and choose not to vote, if you really want to- not that I’d understand why, as a devout believer in government at the consent of the people.

There is no reason that your voice shouldn’t be heard in the upcoming election, even if you’ve not been keeping perfectly informed, or even if you feel like nobody cares about your opinion or that it doesn’t matter who you vote for, or even that government at all is wrong and needs to be rethought- all of these are better reasons to get enrolled and get involved now, so that your vote is right for you come election day, and you can have a say in the next few years of how the country is run- even if that say ends up being for a candidate or party that didn’t get a seat in parliament.

It’s particularly important for younger (I’m speaking specifically to those of us aged 18-24, although that’s not to say the rest of you aren’t still young) voters to enroll, as we are the group with the most noticeable gap between the total population and the enrolled population. This gap makes it important to vote not just because you should be represented by people who share most of your views, but also because young people not enrolling adds to the perception among politicians that we are acceptable political targets that can be safely painted as delinquents in order to gain favour with other groups of New Zealanders.

You can even enroll online or confirm your address by clicking the familiar orange guy on our left sidebar- if you’re a new elector, they’ll mail you off an enrollment form. You’ll probably want to do that now though, as you’ll probably need to get your form back in the mail very soon to get your EasyVote card.

There’s no excuse to disempower yourself this election. Don’t take away your voice. Use your democracy, and vote for whoever comes the closest to what you believe would be best for the country. And do it regardless of what anyone else would think. Yes, I really do mean that, even to the people I disagree most passionately with- voting for what you truly believe in is more important than just voting for the party I like. I’m not sure how many who urge people to vote really do believe that, so I’ll only speak for myself.

ENROLL. Then VOTE. It’s a few letters and a some ticks in a couple of boxes, and for that, you get to be the real kingmaker this election.

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3 thoughts on “Enroll by Wednesday for EasyVote

  1. “J.2.2 Why do anarchists reject voting as a means for change?

    Simply because electioneering does not work. History is littered with examples of radicals being voted into office only to become as, or even more, conservative than the politicians they replaced.

    As we have discussed previously (see section B.2 and related sections) any government is under pressure from two sources of power, the state bureaucracy and big business. This ensures that any attempts at social change would be undermined and made hollow by vested interests, assuming they even reached that level of discussion to begin with (the de-radicalising effects of electioneering is discussed below in section J.2.6). Here we will highlight the power of vested interests within democratic government. ”

    For the rest, see http://www.infoshop.org/faq/secJ2.html#secj22

  2. Except that by not voting at all, you are essentially agreeing to abide by someone else’s choice of government.

    Vested interests, lobbying, and commercial pressure certainly have their effect on governments. But a good vote can lessen that effect, or even help expose it to the public.

    I maintain my belief that even when all of the options suck, (not that I believe this is the case in New Zealand, but I know some people who do) being able to at least vote for the option that sucks less than all the others is a meaningful choice. The amount of people who don’t vote in New Zealand is MORE than enough to tip the outcome of the election, and could make any third-party into a major player.

    In some senses I have a lot of sympathy with anarchism, but throwing away your chance to be heard isn’t one of them 😉

  3. Asher, Ari –

    I sympathise with both of these arguments – however, as the mother of someone inthe 18 – 15 age group, who potentially will vote for the first time in this election, I’m inclined to say, it’s very important to counter-balance the baby boomers with as many young voters as possible, or we’re all totally screwed.

    The most selfish generation the world has ever seen (possible hyperbole, but I’ll back it with figures when I get them ..) is about to have a last flingor two at sequestering all the resources in their hot, sweaty fat hands, and I for one don’t like that idea.

    Especially given the wide gap between poverty-stricken and wealthy in this country right now, which is often very poor young people, working for a pittance, while the elderly property managers and business owners holiday in Monaco/Ibiza/NY/LA/Paris … (add ‘envy’ destination), and yes, wealthy kiwis are doing this… at the expense of the working poor and the young, whether working/students/unemployed.

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