Election campaigning is well under way as we count down to Polling Day, September 19. Here at Eldernet we are committed to supporting choice and a brighter future for older people. To help you choose who will get your vote in 2020, we have invited each party contesting the election to submit 500 words on what they see as the primary issues facing older people and what they plan to do about making older people’s lives easier. We will publish the party responses here.
There’s more at stake this election than who will form the next government. We will also be voting in referenda on the End of Life Choice Act and the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
The End of Life Choice Act gives people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying. Parliament passed the End of Life Choice Act but it has not come into force. The Act will only come into force if more than 50 percent of voters in the referendum vote ‘Yes’.
The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill would allow people to possess and consume cannabis in limited circumstances. If more than 50 percent of the votes cast are ‘Yes’, recreational cannabis wouldn’t become legal straight away. Instead, the incoming government can introduce a Bill to Parliament that would legalise and control cannabis.
Eldernet is also seeking contributions from those campaigning for and against in these two referenda and we will publish these here as well.
To vote in the election and the referenda you will need to be on either the General or Māori Electoral Roll. It’s easy to enrol, check or update your details. You can call 0800 367 656 to ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you. Alternatively, you can enrol online at vote.nz using your NZ driver’s licence, passport or RealMe verified identity.
Saturday September 19 is the last day you can vote. Polling booths will be open from Saturday September 5. Voters are being encouraged to vote early to make it easier to maintain physical distancing.