Nicole Parry says voting is an important responsibility that affects all areas of people’s lives.
The 23-year-old Gore Information Centre senior consultant and past Gore District Ambassador said young people of voting age should have their say in the general election.
“You’ve got three years’ notice to make a decision, so there is no excuse.”
She relied largely on information on political parties’ websites and media updates to make a decision on who to vote for, she said.
She agreed candidates’ personalities came into play when voting.
“It’s easy to be swayed by personalities. I try and put that aside and think about the policies and what they are going to offer,” she said.
did not vote, but thought it might be because they lacked confidence or felt they did not have enough political knowledge.
Voting was not a complex procedure and it was just a matter of determining which parties’ policies aligned with your ethics and beliefs, she said.
There could also be a perception that politics was boring, she said.
“It’s sad young people don’t take advantage of it [voting],” she said.
It was also of special significance to vote as a woman.
Women had fought hard to be able to vote.
“I think we owe it to the people who fought for it.
“Thank goodness we’ve come a long way, but there is still a long way to go.”