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New Zealand Government to Allow Voters to Enrol Via Internet
Source: beehive.govt.nz
Source Date: Friday, September 17, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: New Zealand
Created: Sep 19, 2010

Voters will be able to re-enrol and update their details online in time for next year's general election, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Cabinet has decided that legislation to be introduced to Parliament in November, is the first step in a process that will also eventually allow voters to use the Internet to enrol for the first time.

Currently, voters have to complete and sign a written form when enrolling and making changes to their details.

The Electoral (Administration) Amendment Bill No.2 allows voters to re-enrol and make changes to their details online using the 'igovt' government logon service, which is run by the Department of Internal Affairs. This will take effect from the middle of next year when the legislation is expected to be passed.

The changes will also ensure that all electoral enrolment offences include Internet-based acts.

The Government will also give voters the option of enrolling online, subject to a satisfactory trial of the online re-enrolment service. A programme for full online enrolment will be developed after next year's election and introduced in separate legislation.

"Taking advantage of the Internet will make it as simple as possible for people to participate in elections," Mr Power said.

"In particular, it will make enrolling more accessible to people aged between 18 and 24 who make up approximately 40 per cent of un-enrolled eligible voters."
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