We will engage in the debate on Online Voting; noting the work done already by the Department of Internal Affairs and a proposed trial for Local Government elections, and with reference to any views from the Electoral Commission following the 2014 General Election.
In response to falling participation in Local Government Elections, the Department of Internal Affairs commissioned the Online Voting Working Party, which InternetNZ was invited to participate in.
The Online Voting Working Party released its findings, recommending that Online Voting be trialled as part of the 2015 Local Government Elections.
InternetNZ will participate in this DIA-led process by assisting in ensuring that any Online Voting system tested or deployed is robust, and able to deliver to the integrity of the New Zealand electoral system.
Update: 12th May 2015
Associate Minister of Local Government, Louise Upston has announced the Government has set requirements for a possible trial of online voting. The requirements are a guide for councils to decide if they want to trial online voting at the 2016 local authority elections. Information about this is available here: http://www.dia.govt.nz/online-voting
Update: 18th August 2014
We've released a press release welcoming the work of both the Department of Internal Affairs and the Working Party. Its available here: https://internetnz.nz/content/online-voting-debate-gathering-steam
Update: 4th August 2014
The Online Voting Working Party, of which our Chief Executive Jordan Carter has been a member, released their final report: Online Voting in New Zealand – Feasibility and options for local elections. The report found that online voting for local elections is feasible. Their report is available here: http://www.dia.govt.nz/vwluResources/Online-Voting-in-New-Zealand-Report-of-the-Online-Voting-Working-Party-pdf/$file/Online-Voting-in-New-Zealand-Report-of-the-Online-Voting-Working-Party-pdf.pdf