Too many choices
Porirua was voting for a new mayor, there were a number of pressing issues to be resolved which will affect voters and there was a large number of candidates to choose from – and yet voter turn out was very low. Why?
In my opinion it is the complexity of the voting papers. Too many choices to make. Mixing STV and FPP on the same paper adds to the confusion. How many people understand STV?
I have had people at the bus stop asking me for help completing their voting paper. Even one of the candidates admitted to me he misunderstood the instructions and had to make corrections on his paper. How many invalid papers were received? Many, I suspect, and these will further dilute the number of votes cast. - BRENDA JOYCE,