It’s a bit distressing to see the blog No Minister crossing its fingers for bad weather in the hope that we’ll get a low voter turn out. I assume it’s being facetious, but everyone, no matter what our political leanings, should want as many people as possible participating in the election this Saturday. If you or your friends or family have not enrolled to vote you still can. If you are a permanent resident you may not know it but you are probably eligible to vote and you can still enrol today and tomorrow. And, if you want to make an occasion of it why not join DJ Mikey Havoc at one of the many Great New Zealand Vote parties around the country.
Last election the Greens missed out on a 7th MP getting into Parliament by only 1,246 votes – or 0.0545% of the total. That’s only 19 votes per electorate. One more Green MP would probably have meant Winston Peters and Peter Dunne would not have been cabinet ministers for the last three years. It would have meant stronger action on climate change, safe healthy food, accessible public transport, warmer, drier homes and real solutions for the end of cheap oil. Well three years have gone by since then and now, with the financial crisis, it’s more urgent than then. So remember last election it only took 19 votes to make a difference in your electorate.