Electoral (Prisoners' Voting Rights) Amendment Bill

Project discussion: Give prisoners the vote

Electoral (Prisoners' voting rights) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

Explanatory Note


Electoral (Prisoners' voting rights) Amendment Bill

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1. Title
This Act is the Electoral (Prisoners' voting rights) Amendment Act 2010

2. Commencement
This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3. Purpose
The purpose of this Act is to amend the Electoral Act 1993 to allow those sentenced to long prison terms to vote.

4. Principal Act Amended
This Act amends the Electoral Act 1993.

5. All prisoners may vote
(1) Section 80(1)(c) is repealed.
(2) Section 80(1)(d) is repealed.
(3) Section 81 is repealed.

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