June 10, 2022
Māori Electoral Option rules to ease
The Government wants to give Māori voters the ability to switch electoral rolls at any time.
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi says he will introduce the change as part of work to modernise the Electoral Act.
Up to now Māori only get the option to change during a four-month period after every five-year sentence, meaning they are locked into their roll choice for at least two general elections.
Mr Faafoi says current restrictions on timing and frequency of the Māori Electoral Option are unjustified, unfair, and often difficult to understand.
The Bill is expected to come into force in March 2023 in time for the 2023 General Election.