Kids Log On to Vote
Kids Log On to Vote
Over 8,000 school students across Auckland will lead the way for the future of computer voting at the 2013 local body elections.
A total of 45 schools have registered pupils from years 7-10 to take part in Auckland Council’s Kids Voting programme – the only one of its kind in New Zealand and the first to take place online.
Although their vote will not officially count, the youngsters will get a taste of democracy in action between 23-27 September when they log on to choose a Mayor, Councillors and Local Board members.
In the run up to the election, students are being encouraged to discuss the issues and candidates with friends and family to develop an understanding of why they should participate in the voting process – nationally and locally – once they turn 18.
But Kids Voting has taken on extra significance this year with the news that the Government is set to trial full online voting at the 2016 elections.
“We are delighted that so many Auckland students are engaging with the Kids Voting programme,” says Auckland Council community development project leader, Jan Ziegler-Peri.
“But it’s equally exciting to know that by taking part they will be a step ahead in terms of finding out how online voting works and how easy it is to use.
“Hopefully, we will see the benefit of that by capturing many of them as fully-fledged young voters in future.”
Full Kids Voting results will be available after the official local body elections on 12 October to show how the two votes compared.
Students will also answer a referendum question on whether lifejackets should be compulsory wear for children aged 16 and under on boats less than six metres in length.
This feedback will be fed into a wider public consultation process around navigation and boat safety bylaws expected to start early in 2014.
Full details of how to vote at the 2013 local body elections and profiles of the 470 candidates standing for mayor, councillor and local board member positions can be found at www.voteauckland.co.nz
Schools participating in Kids Voting 2013 (by local board area):
RODNEY LOCAL BOARD
Wellsford School; Parakai School; Kaupapa School; Dairy Flat Primary Schools
HIBISCUS AND BAYS LOCAL BOARD
Murrays Bay Intermediate
UPPER HARBOUR LOCAL BOARD
Rangitoto College; Albany Junior High School
KAIPATIKI LOCAL BOARD
DEVONPORT-TAKAPUNA LOCAL BOARD
Rosmini College; Takapuna Grammar School; Westlake Girls High School
HENDERSON-MASSEY LOCAL BOARD
St Dominic's College; ASG Sunderland College; Lincoln Heights School
WAITAKERE RANGES LOCAL BOARD
Glen Eden Intermediate
WAIHEKE LOCAL BOARD
Waiheke High School
WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD
Western Springs College; Ponsonby Intermediate; Parnell District School
WHAU LOCAL BOARD
Arahoe School; Immanuel Christian School
ALBERT-EDEN LOCAL BOARD
Owairaka Primary School; Epsom Girls Grammar; Diocesan School for Girls
ORAKEI LOCAL BOARD
Baradene College of the Sacred Heart (College); Baradene College of the Sacred Heart (Intermediate); Remuera Intermediate; Parkinson Homeschool
HOWICK LOCAL BOARD
Farmcove Intermediate; Macleans College; Home School #1; Mission Heights Junior College; Santa Ana School (Homeschool)
MANGERE-OTAHUHU LOCAL BOARD
Otahuhu Intermediate School; Mangere College
OTARA-PAPATOETOE LOCAL BOARD
Papatoetoe Intermediate; South Auckland SDA Primary School; Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate
MANUREWA LOCAL BOARD
Alfriston College; BLENNZ - Homai Campus Transition Programme; Manurewa High School; Manukau Christian School
PAPAKURA LOCAL BOARD
Papakura High School
FRANKLIN LOCAL BOARD
Karaka School; Maraetai Beach School