Porirua may be voting test case
Electronic voting for Porirua’s mayor and councillors at the next election has taken another step forward, with the community being asked for their views.
A local government working party is investigating the ‘‘ e- voting environment’’, a report to Porirua City councillors outlined.
If given the green light, voting online could become widespread in New Zealand by 2016, although voters will still have the option to have their say via post.
Porirua, however, could be a ‘‘pilot site’’ for e-voting at next year’s local body elections.
The ease and convenience, access for those overseas and increasing participation are among the benefits, the report says.
There would be initial costs to implement e- voting but this is expected to be eventually offset by the reduction of postal votes needing to be processed.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is in favour of the proposal.
‘‘I think we should be a test case and I’m looking forward to hearing the comments from our residents.’’
Consultation falls alongside the long term plan public feedback time frame, which ends on May 3.
Pooling ideas: Eastern ward city councillor Wayne Poutoa is encouraging the area’s residents to join him at Cannons Creek Pool this Saturday and have their say on the draft long term plan.