Today, being Suffrage Day, is a pertinent time to remember our obligation to vote in the local body elections. Katie Pickles’ article in today’s ‘Press’ reminds us of Christchurch’s radical past, including my cousin Ettie Rout.
The women who fought to get us the vote in Aotearoa have been commemorated with the recent staging of ‘That Bloody Woman’, and it was great to have two cast members performing at today’s suffrage celebrations. Not all the names of the first voters are known which makes Judy Small’s song “What was her name?” all the more poignant.
The Electoral Act restrains me from suggesting who anyone should vote for, but one Central candidate has caused FIVE copies of the same piece of electoral material to be delivered to my letterbox on five different occasions. To me this suggests either bad organisation or profligate squandering of resources – not qualities I’d vote for.
Whatever you do, please exercise the democratic right our sisters fought for.
“It’s vital that we use our vote
and I will finish on that note.”