Australia’s election process is among the best in the world.
But that doesn’t mean there may not be ways to improve it.
Below you’ll find the proposed changes that are intended to improve the federal election process, with thanks to our friends at AAP.
Have a close look. We suggest you decide which proposals seem valid and which are unnecessary or potentially harmful. Then let your local representatives know via email, snail mail, and even a phone call.
Proposed changes to federal elections
As outlined by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters report into 2016 federal election, the proposed changes include:
- A look into the vote-counting process for the senate
- The registration of parties only if they have at least 1000 members — having an existing MP does not exempt them from this
- Online enrolment available
- Harmonisation of both state and federal electoral roles
- Permitting the choice to withstand from numbering every box in House of Representatives voting
- Reviewing the $20 penalty issued when someone fails to vote
- Showing ID at the polling booth is required
- Incorporating express lanes at polling booths for pregnant, elderly and disabled voters
- Incorporating electronic voting for blind or vision-impaired voters
- Allocation of a permanent task force to prevent cyber manipulation of election results
- Providing further clarity for social media services in determining whether they are ‘platforms’ or ‘publishers’.
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