Early vot­ing

Weekend Herald - - VIEWPOINTS - Gil­lian Dance, Mount Al­bert. Syd Walker, Tor­bay.

How re­fresh­ing it is to see vot­ing be­com­ing more peo­ple- friendly. The peo­ple in­tro­duc­ing th­ese changes de­serve our thanks. When women first got the right to vote, vot­ing was done on a Wed­nes­day. It was mid­week and the shops and busi­nesses closed for the half- day. Th­ese days many peo­ple work all day on Satur­days, it was of­ten a rush to get to the polling places after work.

Early vot­ing has been a great help, at one time it was just for those who had health is­sues or who would be trav­el­ling on that day. Hav­ing polling sta­tions at some su­per­mar­kets helps too. Maybe ma­jor bus and train sta­tions and the air­port could also be con­sid­ered. New Zealand First’s Ron Mark says both main po­lit­i­cal par­ties will have to ac­cept “dead rats” from NZ First to be­come the Gov­ern­ment. This does not ring well with me. He is, in ef­fect, threat­en­ing the whole of New Zealand. Mr Mark is say­ing NZ First will hold the ma­jor­ity to ran­som to en­able his party to have a ma­jor say in a coali­tion gov­ern­ment. This is not what peo­ple are vot­ing for. If peo­ple want NZ First to have a ma­jor im­pact on the gov­ern­ment, then they would be sup­port­ing NZ First in droves.

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