Every Vote Counts

Kea New Zealand has set up a valuable site aimed at encouraging overseas Kiwis to enrol and vote in this year’s elections. According to them, one in every seven New Zealanders lives overseas, and last election out of a possible 500,000 only a paltry 28,000 bothered to vote.

All you do is:

  • Tell anyone you know that is either a New Zealander overseas or knows someone who is. Get them to enrol to vote and spread the word.
  • Send this link – www.everyvotecounts.co.nz -for them to find out if they are eligible to vote.

The cool thing about Every Vote Counts is that it’s a completely non-partisan and non-governmental campaign. It’s simply about encouraging all New Zealanders to vote.

3 Comments

a kiwi expat voter
August 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Kea New Zealand is a business friendly, pro-trade professional network. It is not unreasonable to suspect they may have implicit political motivations for encouraging their network of expat kiwis to vote.

Last year Kea held an event for John Key to speak to their UK members. As far as I know they haven’t held events in the UK for any other New Zealand politicans.

Last election National got proportionately more overseas votes than at home. Are Kea’s backers hoping for the same this time?
http://www.everyvotecounts.co.nz/vote-faq#q-2-29

The Greens also received proportionately more votes in 2005 from overseas kiwis. However Kea’s business based membership is more likely to consist of the National demographic than that of the Greens.

I think it is better to point people to the Elections New Zealand website, which is not conflating voter issue education with enrolment information: https://secure.elections.org.nz/app/enrol/

Adam
August 25, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Hey Lucy, thanks for the reminder 🙂

Hopefully my vote can go some of the way to help get that Tony Veitch behind bars… I’ve been popping onto nzherald.co.nz every so often to keep up to date with Veitch-gate. Sounds horrid.

Nikitin Sallee
September 2, 2008 at 8:45 am

Hi, all. As one of the organisers of Every Vote Counts, I can clear up the “non-partisan” issue. Our goal is to reach every overseas NZer who is eligible to vote, not just Kea’s members. Currently hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are missing from the electorate. Let’s work together to find them all by letting them know that if they’re an NZ citizen who has visited NZ in the last three years, they’re likely eligible. They can get everything they need at http://www.everyvotecounts.co.nz, or as “Kiwi expat voter” suggests directly at the link above to the official Elections website. Do it – and tell your overseas NZ friends, family and colleagues to do it as well. Cheers.

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