Push for web-based vot­ing tick


Palmer­ston North is go­ing to have an­other go at con­vinc­ing the Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce on­line vot­ing for coun­cil elec­tions.

The city coun­cil on Mon­day de­cided to make a sub­mis­sion calling for on­line vot­ing in 2019.

Cr Vaughan Den­ni­son said af­ter of­fer­ing to be part of the on­line vot­ing trial in 2016, which did not go ahead, it would be un­for­tu­nate if Palmer­ston North did not con­tinue to sup­port the change.

The Gov­ern­ment pulled the plug on the tri­als amid con­cerns the se­cu­rity and in­tegrity of the pro­posed e-vot­ing sys­tem was not up to scratch.

Den­ni­son said of­fer­ing an on­line vot­ing op­tion would help to en­cour­age voter turnout and make it eas­ier for young peo­ple to vote.

The city coun­cil and Mid-Cen­tral Dis­trict Health Board use the sin­gle trans­fer­able vote sys­tem, while Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil uses first past the post.

Palmer­ston North is con­sult­ing the public on its pro­posal to set up one or two Maori wards to guar­an­tee the elec­tion of at least one Maori rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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