I’ve spent the afternoon taking special votes to people.
When you do this, sometimes the person voting needs help with the ticks so you know how they vote.
I had one of those today and – I can hardly bring myself to type this – she didn’t do two blue ticks. She ticked National in the electorate but one of the red-block parties in the all important party vote.
The only comfort I can take from that is that somewhere maybe someone from the red block took a special vote from someone who ticked blue and that democracy is more important than political partisanship.
And while I’m confessing, I’ll admit I walked down the main street today with my Labour counterpart – that party’s electorate chair.
Waitaki Girls’ High has been studying democracy and were marching for women’s suffrage, so there we were – she in red & I in blue, chatting happily along the street because politics is a difference of opnion, not a war.