About 1.6 million people who are eligible to vote but have not enrolled may soon find themselves signed up after the government introduced a bill yesterday to allow automatic enrolment. The bill, which will be opposed by the Coalition, will enable the Australian Electoral Commission to use ”trusted sources” such as driver’s licence databases or school-leaver records to identify eligible voters and enrol them. Once identified, an eligible voter would receive a letter from the commission asking them to confirm their address. They would then be enrolled and compelled to vote under Australia’s compulsory voting laws.Full Article: Automatic enrolment up for vote.
Feb 16 2012