This is a blog about elections - Democracy

So I have been reading some stuff.  Tweets, Facebook posts and browsing the Elections.Org.NZ site and have been prompted to write a quick extra blog this morning. There are a lot of emotions going on, on both sides of the political spectrum this morning.  From despair to gloating, it is all there.  What interests me about that is that in 3 or 6 years, the shoe will be on the other foot.  The gloaters will be crying doom and gloom, the weepers will be dancing a jig on the graves of those who were victorious last night.  That really is the nature of politics and I guess human nature.  In any election, I think the wise are humble no matter what their ultimate result. What I think what we should all remember, is that yesterday anyone over the age of 18, who was a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, had the opportunity to celebrate the fact that they live in a democracy and can vote freely and without fear. Regardless of result this is something we should acknowledge, and we should take time to think of those who are not able to do this.  I am sure there are plenty of people living in New Zealand, who have not always had this basic human right and appreciate this more strongly than those of us who were born in this wonderful country.

If I feel truly sorry this morning, it is not for the result (which I will acknowledge is not to my tastes or what I would have preferred) but rather for the 26% of enrolled voters who chose not to exercise this right.  That they feel disenfranchised enough or do not care enough to vote, makes me both sad and slightly angry.  That elsewhere in the world people have died and still continue to die for the right to vote and influence their countries future and someone in New Zealand cannot make it to a voting booth or cast a special vote seems to me to be pretty appalling.

The question I am left asking, is what can be done to increase the voter turn out on a regular basis and how different would the result have been if even half these people had chosen to vote?  If I was in parliament right now, and I truly cared about democracy, this would be on my mind this morning and I would be thinking about ways I could work on this issue.  Lastly,  if you are one of this 26 %, I hope you are happy with the result and what happens over the next three years, because really, you have NO right to complain.....