The Greens are celebrating the Government’s decision to allow online voter enrolment before next year’s general election. Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced she’ll be bringing a bill to Parliament amending the Electoral Act. Online enrolment is the most important change to the voting process and when the system has been set up new voters will be able to use it to enrol for the first time. Existing voters will be able to use it to update their details. The Greens have been calling for it since the 2011 election.
“The biggest concern from the last election was the record lows level of turnout,” electoral reform spokeswoman Holly Walker said.
“Making it easier for people to take that first step of enrolling to vote will make a big difference to participation, particularly for young people.”
Other changes include making the EasyVote cards simpler to use and improving the accuracy of the rolls.