GetUp! court win allows online enrolment

GetUp! court win allows online enrolment

Summary: Australians will be able to enrol to vote online after political activist group GetUp! won its federal court battle against the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

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Australians will be able to enrol to vote online after political activist group GetUp! won its federal court battle against the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

Polling Station sign

GetUp! has won its federal court challenge allowing voters to enrol online. (Polling station image by The Proper Gandhi, CC2.0)

"With 1.4 million Australians not on the electoral roll earlier this year, we need to do every single thing we can to get bureaucracy and red tape out of the way," GetUp national director Simon Sheikh told ABC News.

The win overturns legislation that requires electoral enrolment paperwork to be signed in order to be valid. In the next election, voters will be able to enrol online.

"Today we've proven that in this country, enrolment can be submitted online," he added.

This marks GetUp's second federal court win in as many weeks, after successfully challenging the electoral roll registration cut-off dates.

Topic: Government AU

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  • Nobody doubts that the technology to allow online enrolment for the electoral role exists. However, it must happen in tandem with the ability to ensure that the person enrolling is actually the person they say they are. That's a bit harder to do remotely. Ensuring the ability of individuals to enrol to vote is a basic democratic right but ensuring that we have the ability to maintain the integrity of the electoral role is too.
    Stately-98e6f
  • Yep! wow........now when can we vote on-line; just want to save the fuel and the hours wasted waiting around to vote? Feels like nothing much has really changed since the Flintstones!
    CanberraGuy