Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New electoral law adds new hurdle to voting

New electoral law adds new hurdle to voting

Electoral law changes passed by Parliament today add a new hurdle that may mean some voters don’t exercise their vote, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says.

“The amendments to our election laws require voters to provide verbal confirmation of their details whereas for the last few elections voters only needed to present their Easyvote card.

“This legislation started with extensive clauses covering the use of the Easyvote card which was introduced through an administrative decision rather than through legislation.

“The Easyvote card has proved very successful and it was right to give it a statutory basis and have some clear rules around it.

“But this government has gone in the opposite direction. Far from giving the card a basis in statute they have added in the new requirement for verbal confirmation.

“The minister, Judith Collins, says arrogantly and condescendingly that if voters have difficulty with this requirement and cannot make themselves understood they can make gestures.

“But why? Why the change? It is totally unnecessary and the only reason I can come up with is the National Party thinks there is something to gain by making it harder for the speech-impaired or those with English as a second language to cast a vote.

“The next Labour government will make sure the Easyvote card is enshrined in statute,” says Andrew Little.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news