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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

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