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Linuxluver

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#119170 23-May-2013 00:36
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I checked with the Electoral Commission and they confirmed you don't have to mark all parts of the ballot.

If you just want to vote for a party and don't see any point in wasting your time on the local vote because the same old party hack always wins it....then you can do that. Just leave the local part of the ballot blank. That vote will be counted as informal. But your party vote will count toward seats for the party you support. 

I was motivated to ask because where I live the same party almost always wins and it doesn't matter who I vote for locally. 

It's the party vote that really counts. All the local votes do is decide whether a party has a local MP or a list MP. 

Some parties choose their list MPs wisely and I tend to vote for them. National is particularly undemocratic about selecting list MPs....which seems odd as this is one their main criticisms of MMP. That seems perverse.....doing the very thing they claim they don't like. Anyway....I won't be casting another local vote.  

We don't have to.  




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  #823895 23-May-2013 02:03
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if everybody on your local electorate thinks like you, then of course the local representative will never change.
If you ask me, I think it's just as important to cast your local vote as it is for the list MP.

 
 
 

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Agreed. That guy can't stay popular forever. If you wait until his popularity wanes you might give the next guy a chance to get a foothold before your preferred. Even if he keeps getting elected, if people start seeing a shift, it might encourage them to do the same.

Unless there's no one you like, why wouldn't you tick the box of the guy you like? Trying to save some time?!

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  #824169 23-May-2013 15:18
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farcus: if everybody on your local electorate thinks like you, then of course the local representative will never change.
If you ask me, I think it's just as important to cast your local vote as it is for the list MP.


I used to agree with you....but then I realised the local vote makes no difference to the party seat allocation. If a party gets 15% of the vote, they get 15% of the seats.

As I don't care who the local rep is now.....I see no reason to care down the road. It doesn't change the outcome overall.  




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  #824191 23-May-2013 16:05
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Linuxluver:
farcus: if everybody on your local electorate thinks like you, then of course the local representative will never change.
If you ask me, I think it's just as important to cast your local vote as it is for the list MP.


I used to agree with you....but then I realised the local vote makes no difference to the party seat allocation. If a party gets 15% of the vote, they get 15% of the seats.

As I don't care who the local rep is now.....I see no reason to care down the road. It doesn't change the outcome overall.  



Unless you live in Epsom, Ohariu or a number of the Maori electorates.

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