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Our Former Mayor is a dunce

[edited to add “former” to the title. She’s gone, baby, gone! And for the record I vote for the Hutt mayor, but still feel Wgtn mayor’s power…]

Kerry really doesn’t like our single transferable vote system.
“At this stage, Celia [Wade-Brown] can’t beat me, but STV can. I don’t think members of the public have really understood the system. Some do, but the majority don’t understand.”

What an imbecilic comment. Of course people understand what they need to: you order the candidates into a list showing your preference. It just takes a while to work out which name appears highest on the most lists. I mean Kerry, you’ve been at the front end of local government for a long time, surely you understand –

“As they drop off, if you support one of the losing candidates, you get a second vote, whereas my supporters only got one vote.”

– or maybe not. As the kids say these days: FAIL.

{ 11 } Comments

  1. bekitty | October 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Or of course, there’s the more strategic way of voting under an STV system: you order the candidates you want to see in office, and leave out the ones you don’t want.

    I voted for two of the five available mayoral candidates. Kerry wasn’t either of them.

  2. Conan | October 13, 2010 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I did the same. I voted only for people I was keen to see as Mayor, and I deliberately left Kerry off so that she couldn’t get my vote.

    It’s not hard to figure out. List the people you like from top to bottom. Not a hard decision for a voter. Kerry needs to fax the fact that she isn’t as beloved as she wanted to believe she was. How much do you want to bet that she is going to demand a recount if she loses.

  3. Jenni | October 13, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I too didn’t give Kerry any votes at all. I find it quite liberating to leave some people’s wee boxes blank 🙂

  4. mrspauliew | October 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    the hutt city elections were reasonalbly easy, only having to pick between two candidates for mayor.

    How many candidates were there for wellington? I wasn’t really paying any attention.

  5. Andrew (Bartok) | October 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Meanwhile Auckland ended up with the non-crap selection for mayor.

    I’m just sayin’

  6. Pearce | October 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness. I guess this is why she appeals to people who write comments on Stuff.

  7. Jarratt | October 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad she is gone. She is awful and ruining Wellington but I can’t actually vote against her. Our Mayor won in a landslide. He cares about his people, not about ridiculous developments that do not make the city better. Also we in the other cities want nothing to do with the debt and rates you have racked up KP. Stay away from our cities.

  8. Steve | October 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Woot, as the kids used to say

  9. Margot | October 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t giving anyone I didn’t want elected the chance to possibly help them by choosing them at all. I voted only for who I wanted to see elected – and it worked!!

  10. David | October 14, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Kerry didn’t seem to have problems with STV whenever she won.

  11. Pearce | October 14, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I voted Rick for Pope!

    (If there is anyone who gets this, throw your hands in the air.)