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Strike out the names

Strike out the names

As this extract from the schedules to the Electoral Act 1956 shows, voters in New Zealand’s first-past-the-post parliamentary elections used to strike out the names of every candidate other than the one for whom they wished to vote. This unusual method was replaced in 1990 by a far simpler way of voting – ever since then, in both first-past-the-post and mixed-member proportional (MMP) parliamentary elections, electors have simply had to put a tick next to the name of the candidate for whom they wish to vote.

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1956, pp. 1160-1261

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Nigel S. Roberts, 'Electoral systems - First-past-the-post and two-round elections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/35668/strike-out-the-names (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Nigel S. Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015