The local body voting papers have been sitting on my desk since they arrived a couple of weeks ago.
The Regional and District Council choices provided little difficulty for me but I laboured over the health board options.
It’s impossible to know enough about 12 people from throughout the whole of Otago to rank them intelligently.
There were a couple I wanted to put in the last two spots but that would have meant putting people about whom I knew little or nothing in spots 6 – 10.
In the end I ranked the five I supported and left seven blank.
It’s all pretty academic anyway. The voting power is in Dunedin so candidates from the regions don’t have much chance. But that doesn’t mean much anyway when the people elected aren’t answerable to the voters but the government.
The government should accept that it’s not worth wasting money on health board elections which are really only pretending to give people a voice.
With that in mind I ticked, numbered and posted my ballot paper but, even given my respect for democracy and the right to vote, I didn’t do it with any great enthusiasm.