FAQ

FAQ

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Who are the people behind the Voters United initiative?

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We are self-funded, ordinary Kiwis who are concerned about the direction our  elected political parties are taking us, and the lack of alternative views being heard.
Voters United have no political affiliation nor are we aligned with any other group, however we do support others and groups that are also fighting against Government overreach.

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Who are the people behind the Voters United initiative?

A.

We are self-funded, ordinary Kiwis who are concerned about the direction our  elected political parties are taking us, and the lack of alternative views being heard.
Voters United have no political affiliation nor are we aligned with any other group, however we do support others and groups that are also fighting against Government overreach.

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How did the idea for Voters United come about?

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One man had an idea. Through discussions with other people frustrated that alternate views on policies were being ignored he realised to win a voice we had to unite to win influence in government.
If the minor parties cannot unite, then the voters should unite. A team of equally concerned supporters soon got behind the idea and the concept quickly grew into a project.

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How did the idea for Voters United come about?

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One man had an idea. Through discussions with other people frustrated that alternate views on policies were being ignored he realised to win a voice we had to unite to win influence in government.
If the minor parties cannot unite, then the voters should unite. A team of equally concerned supporters soon got behind the idea and the concept quickly grew into a project.

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So how do you win seats in parliament?

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The system of MMP has challenges, but also provides opportunity to win seats. It may be difficult to win an electoral seat but if like minded people can agree to unite their party vote behind one party then there is a realistic chance of getting 5% and therefore seats, and a voice in Parliament.
The challenges come when multiple minor parties campaign and effectively split the vote and leave us with no influence in government, and no voice.

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So how do you win seats in parliament?

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The system of MMP has challenges, but also provides opportunity to win seats. It may be difficult to win an electoral seat but if like minded people can agree to unite their party vote behind one party then there is a realistic chance of getting 5% and therefore seats, and a voice in Parliament.
The challenges come when multiple minor parties campaign and effectively split the vote and leave us with no influence in government, and no voice.

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If voters united convince people to unite their vote is there enough of them to win seats?

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Absolutely! We know from the membership of different organisations throughout the country who have shown their displeasure with the decisions of the government that within those organisations alone there is north of 200k votes.
In addition to these people, there are thousands of kiwis who have given up on the political system because they believe the establishment politicians do not represent them.
Over 1 million registered voters did not vote in the last election as they felt it had no purpose,  they are also our people and we should be working to get them to join us at Voters United.
In the 2020 election Greens and Act won 8 party seats with around 225k party votes – that could be a minor party representing our concerns if we can get our voters to unite.

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If voters united convince people to unite their vote is there enough of them to win seats?

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Absolutely! We know from the membership of different organisations throughout the country who have shown their displeasure with the decisions of the government that within those organisations alone there is north of 200k votes.
In addition to these people, there are thousands of kiwis who have given up on the political system because they believe the establishment politicians do not represent them.
Over 1 million registered voters did not vote in the last election as they felt it had no purpose,  they are also our people and we should be working to get them to join us at Voters United.
In the 2020 election Greens and Act won 8 party seats with around 225k party votes – that could be a minor party representing our concerns if we can get our voters to unite.

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Will Voters United be pressurising the minor parties to combine into one party?

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We do not see that as our role. It is not our place to tell minor parties what to do. However it is clear that if the minor parties found a way to come together under one banner that would support the objectives of Voters United, we would encourage that. Voters United see our platform as a way to bring voters together, if this encourages the minor parties to also work together then this would be a bonus.

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Will Voters United be pressurising the minor parties to combine into one party?

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We do not see that as our role. It is not our place to tell minor parties what to do. However it is clear that if the minor parties found a way to come together under one banner that would support the objectives of Voters United, we would encourage that. Voters United see our platform as a way to bring voters together, if this encourages the minor parties to also work together then this would be a bonus.

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What are the main objectives of Voters United?

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To obtain seats and a voice in parliament so as to ensure our concerns are heard. Voters United will attempt to show their membership that unless we put our personal preferences for candidates to one side then we will never accumulate enough votes for one party to win seats and influence. It is our view that any of the minor parties who share our concerns would provide a better voice in parliament than the existing governing parties that have refused to even talk to us. 
To achieve our objective Voters United will need to inform our membership on the MMP process, and encourage involvement in the political system. We aim to bring the thousands of unhappy New Zealanders, who do not feel that the presently elected parties are supporting them, together into a single voting block – that together will win seats, influence, and ultimately a voice for our concerns.

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What are the main objectives of Voters United?

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To obtain seats and a voice in parliament so as to ensure our concerns are heard. Voters United will attempt to show their membership that unless we put our personal preferences for candidates to one side then we will never accumulate enough votes for one party to win seats and influence. It is our view that any of the minor parties who share our concerns would provide a better voice in parliament than the existing governing parties that have refused to even talk to us. 
To achieve our objective Voters United will need to inform our membership on the MMP process, and encourage involvement in the political system. We aim to bring the thousands of unhappy New Zealanders, who do not feel that the presently elected parties are supporting them, together into a single voting block – that together will win seats, influence, and ultimately a voice for our concerns.

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How do you propose that minor parties engage with the Voters United membership?

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We invite all the minor parties to present their views on the NZ political landscape and in particular address the concerns that Voters United have detailed in their core principles. Each party will have equal opportunity and we hope they engage with us to win our membership support. We are confident that with thousands in our membership these parties will see a real advantage in engaging with Voters United to win support.

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How do you propose that minor parties engage with the Voters United membership?

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We invite all the minor parties to present their views on the NZ political landscape and in particular address the concerns that Voters United have detailed in their core principles. Each party will have equal opportunity and we hope they engage with us to win our membership support. We are confident that with thousands in our membership these parties will see a real advantage in engaging with Voters United to win support.

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At the end of the process will you be suggesting which party to vote for ?

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No, we cannot tell people how to vote, that is their personal choice. What we can do is show our voting base who is the leading party polling within our membership, and illustrate how many seats could be won if our membership coalesced behind the one party.
We hope that with the process of illustrating the futility of splitting our vote then most of our membership will agree to support the most popular party, and therefore win influence in parliament to address  their concerns.

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At the end of the process will you be suggesting which party to vote for ?

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No, we cannot tell people how to vote, that is their personal choice. What we can do is show our voting base who is the leading party polling within our membership, and illustrate how many seats could be won if our membership coalesced behind the one party.
We hope that with the process of illustrating the futility of splitting our vote then most of our membership will agree to support the most popular party, and therefore win influence in parliament to address  their concerns.

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Do you expect the establishment parties and the media to criticise the Voters United initiative?

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Unfortunately yes, the establishment and media love the status quo. They know that whilst a large portion of dissatisfied New Zealanders split their vote across multiple parties then these votes are not a threat to their continuing power.
We believe the Voters United initiative is what all Governments claim they want from the electorate e.g; engagement in the political process, education in the political process, strategic action to maximise the chance of their voice being heard.
Voters United believe that any criticism of our platform will show their hypocrisy. For years the membership of the establishment parties has been encouraged to vote strategically, to maximise the chance of parties winning influence that support their policies – This is exactly what we are doing.

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Do you expect the establishment parties and the media to criticise the Voters United initiative?

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Unfortunately yes, the establishment and media love the status quo. They know that whilst a large portion of dissatisfied New Zealanders split their vote across multiple parties then these votes are not a threat to their continuing power.
We believe the Voters United initiative is what all Governments claim they want from the electorate e.g; engagement in the political process, education in the political process, strategic action to maximise the chance of their voice being heard.
Voters United believe that any criticism of our platform will show their hypocrisy. For years the membership of the establishment parties has been encouraged to vote strategically, to maximise the chance of parties winning influence that support their policies – This is exactly what we are doing.

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What would you tell people that want to know more about the Voters United initiative?

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Visit our website and decide if the principles of Voters United are also your concerns. If they are sign up and share our message! Listen to the various parties that have responded to our initiative by telling us how they would address our concerns if they were representatives in parliament. Learn about MMP and why it is both an opportunity and a challenge for us to win representation in parliament. Follow the process with an open mind – there are no perfect candidates out there.
Lets take the opportunity to show the governing parties how many of us  are unhappy with their leadership – we are not a fringe group! We believe that Voters United will develop a membership of thousands.
This is your chance NZ – if you are unhappy with our currently elected leadership sign up for Voters United. Together we know we can make a difference.

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What would you tell people that want to know more about the Voters United initiative?

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Visit our website and decide if the principles of Voters United are also your concerns. If they are sign up and share our message! Listen to the various parties that have responded to our initiative by telling us how they would address our concerns if they were representatives in parliament. Learn about MMP and why it is both an opportunity and a challenge for us to win representation in parliament. Follow the process with an open mind – there are no perfect candidates out there.
Lets take the opportunity to show the governing parties how many of us  are unhappy with their leadership – we are not a fringe group! We believe that Voters United will develop a membership of thousands.
This is your chance NZ – if you are unhappy with our currently elected leadership sign up for Voters United. Together we know we can make a difference.

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