Why I did not vote at the Local Body Elections
I was all set up to vote. The voting papers arrived stuck inside the junk mail and all I had to do was fill them out and send them off.
Well so I thought.
I finally realised last week they had indeed been junked with the junk mail. So I went about trying to get some more. I went to the local library to ask how I may get some more. After all, we can pay our rates at the library, as it is a division of the council. However, there was no voting forms at the library and NOBODY at the library could tell me where to pick one up. They looked at the "information material" that was sent out with the voting papers and that didn’t tell them anything. I asked who in the council I could ring. The library staff didn’t know. They suggested that I go to the Post Shop. Weird, I thought, but I went there anyhow. They didn’t have any either so they suggested I ring up their handy phone with a bunch of Govt departments and ask someone. I rang someone in the council, nobody was available and so they told me to ring Chief Electoral Officer Ross Bly.
By then, I had to go back to work and thought "stuff it". If councils send their voting forms with the junk mail, have no option if they are junked, do not let us vote online, do not give us much information on who the people we are voting for, or what they will do for the city, or how we can get forms if they are not sent or lost, well there's not much I can do about that.
So I didn’t vote. And it wasn’t STV's fault. About 40 percent of people voted in Wellington. Last time it was 47%. Most people did not have a clue who they were voting for. If you didn’t want John Terris as mayor, you voted for "someone else". That someone else became mayor.
And we still don’t know who the Marlborough mayor is. Perhaps it will be that "someone else".