FLAGGING THE REFERENDUM
Many people may not be aware that they can have an ‘informal vote’ in the coming flag referendum.
The act is: Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000Public Act 2000 No 48 Date of assent 14 November 2000Part 5 Conduct of referendum Clause 43 Informal voting papers.
A voting paper is informal if the Returning Officer is satisfied that the voting paper does not clearly indicate the response for which the elector wished to vote, as opposed to a clear indication of exactly what the voter wishes to vote.
To register an informal postal vote this is what you can do:
1. Cross all the boxes indicating the four flags.
Don’t cross out the flag pictures because then you will have defaced your postal vote form.
2. Write the following options: Keep NZ’s current flag, or Keep our current flag, or Keep our flag.
If there are sufficient Informal votes, then the second referendum will not be required and 17 million dollars can be better used elsewhere.
Wally Richards Palmerston North