VICTORIAN VOTERS TO BENEFIT FROM ELECTORAL REFORMS

VICTORIAN VOTERS TO BENEFIT FROM ELECTORAL REFORMS

Posted on 10. Jun, 2010 in News

How-to-vote cards will be published on the Victorian Electoral Commission website and electors who fail to update their registered address will be eligible to vote in further reforms to the Victorian electoral system outlined by Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls.

Mr Hulls said legislation outlined in Parliament today would make it easier for all eligible Victorians to vote at the upcoming State election.

“A vibrant democracy should not put barriers in the way of people exercising their duty to vote,” he said. “Elections are about the future, and everybody who is eligible to vote should have the opportunity to have their say through the ballot box – that is the key aim of these reforms.”

Mr Hulls said the legislation would require the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to publish how-to-vote cards on its website, which was in line with the Victorian Parliament’s Electoral Matters Committee’s recommendations to prevent misleading or deceptive political advertising.

“This provision will be particularly helpful to absentee or postal voters when casting their votes,” he said.

Mr Hulls said the legislation would also allow those who failed to update their registered address within the required three months to cast a valid vote. “At the 2006 State election, approximately 10,000 people were caught out by failing to update their addresses in time,” he said.

Mr Hulls said these changes were in addition to those announced earlier this week to allow the automatic enrolment of young Victorians and enrolment on election day for those not on the State electoral roll.

“Enrolment on election day will be subject to safeguards to prevent fraud and to protect the integrity of the electoral process,” Mr Hulls said.

“Those electors seeking to enrol on election day will be required to provide proof of identification, such as a driver’s licence, and declare that the information provided is true and complete. The VEC will also check the information is correct, and only include the votes of those whose identities can be confirmed.

“To allege that this in any way will undermine the integrity of the democratic process is a falsehood – it is no more than political scare-mongering as the Conservative parties fear the voice of the youth who will be the main beneficiaries of this reform.

“The requirements to enrol on the day will involve more stringent testing and verification of a person’s enrolment than is currently required under State law and will protect the integrity of the enrolment process.

“This legislation strikes an appropriate balance between the need to safeguard the integrity of the roll, while introducing modern and streamlined enrolment procedures so that the Victorian electoral system as accessible as possible.”

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