The Opportunities Party concept for an evidence-based policy-making party, operating from the cross benches is genius. But the example of the Green Party—45 years to be stuck at less than 11% of the vote, despite a proportional electoral system—is instructive. Declining voter turnout, whereby non-voting worldwide has become intergenerational and older voters are much better represented than those younger, strongly favours status quo politics.
It is in the Opportunities Party’s self-interest, and that of democracy generally, to prioritise the evidence-based Kids Voting programme, which despite totally out-performing interventions aimed at adults, is only available to fewer than 4.3% of year-7–15 pupils in Aotearoa.
The democracy-obsessed Mahurangi Magazine’s complete suite of voter turnout:
Year-7–15 voting as curtain-raiser
Universal year-7–15 voting in schools
Concurrent elections, which will quickly recoup the costs of 1–2, and pay for 4–8
Lowering the age of enfranchisement
Sunday-ising election day
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