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Legal Beagle: Election Fact Check #3: It shouldn't be this way

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  • Jeremy Andrew, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    You do not need to re-register every year (or even every three). We run a continuous enrolment system, whereby people are enrolled until there is reason to remove them. Before each election, the Electoral Enrolment Centre sends every registered voter a letter, but if the enrolment details are unchanged, nothing needs to be returned.

    "If you do not receive this letter, please return it with your information updated"

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Have you ever lived in one place for at least a month?If so, then then the electorate in which that address now is, is your electorate (you can have a different postal address).If you've been a complete itinerant for your entire time in New Zealand, there are still rules around where you should register, and you can register.

    My father has retired into his housebus, and while he does stay in various spots for more than a month at a time (<cough> Matauribay </cough>) he is registered to vote in Ham East because he uses my place as a maildrop, despite never having spent more than a couple of consecutive days in the 'Tron.
    Does that make him illegal? And even if so, who would care?

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    "If you do not receive this letter, please return it with your information updated"

    a flaw in their otherwise cunning plan

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    This strikes me as being good news. My vote, if I manage to either figure out how or perhaps get over my honesty and just use my parents' address (a house I've never seen except on Google Street View), would be keep and tweak MMP, with my pet tweak (obviously) being "Give expats a party vote but no electorate vote".

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    Does that make him illegal? And even if so, who would care?

    Wyatt Creech and Winston Peters, that's who. </obscure electoral law reference>

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    I wonder if one could

    chooses to make his or her home by reason of family or personal relations

    without actually physically living in a place, like your father.

    He does after all have a BORA right to vote, so a court would need to consider how the Electoral Act could be interpreted to not disenfranchise itinerants.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

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