January 26, 2017
Fox calls for voting booths on marae
The Maori Party wants polling booths on marae for this year’s election.
Co-leader Marama Fox says boosting voter turn-out is a major objective for the year.
A number of ideas have been thrown out, including groups organising a hikoi to the voting booths and putting more booths in places that Maori frequent.
She says it may be as simple as marae asking the Electoral Commission for a booth.
"You literally can apply but we also are going to put pressure on them to say if your target group is youth and Maori Pasifika, minority groups less likely to vote than others, then you have got to respond to them by putting polling booths in places where they frequent," Ms Fox says.
She would also like to see polling booths in shopping malls.
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