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The ap­pear­ance of elec­tion hoard­ings on our road­sides this week means Septem­ber 23 is get­ting closer.

Al­ready, there are con­cerns that the el­derly could turn out to vote in droves, while young peo­ple fail to ex­er­cise their right and duty to have a say po­lit­i­cally.

Un­like the UK, we have no Brexit is­sue to gal­vanise the young but the re­sult of the youth vote was clear for all to see.

Last year, there were calls from eight New Zealand coun­cils for on­line vot­ing dur­ing the lo­cal elec­tions.

But As­so­ci­ate Min­is­ter of lo­cal govern­ment Louise Up­ston said more work was needed.

New Zealand is among a ma­jor­ity of coun­tries that have held back over the is­sue.

The con­sen­sus is that there is too big a risk of cy­ber at­tacks by hack­ers.

There are also ques­tions over how proper pub­lic scru­tiny of votes could be im­ple­mented.

There’s a long way to go un­less you live in Es­to­nia, where it’s been used for na­tional elec­tions since 2007.

- Di.

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