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.