ACT Residents now able to enrol to vote online


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ACT Residents now able to enrol to vote online


People who move to the ACT for work or study are now able to update their electoral details online.

Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh today joined Attorney General Mark Dreyfus at a live demonstration of the Australian Electoral Commission’s new application for PCs and tablets.

“The development of this application will mean that Canberrans will no longer have to rely on printers, paper and stamps to update their details,” said Dr Leigh.

“Citizens can enrol online in less than five minutes using a computer, smart phone or tablet device

“This development will promote democracy by allowing for greater participation. This is vital in Canberra, a city with many unenrolled young people,” said Dr Leigh.

“In last year’s ACT elections, enrolment rates were around 60% among eligible 18-year-olds, 50% among eligible 19-year-olds, and 80% among eligible 20-24 year-olds.

“Too many young Canberrans are missing a chance to have their say.

“With many young people relocating to Canberra for work and study, this application will make updating their details fast and convenient,” said Dr Leigh.



[caption id="attachment_4382" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Andrew Leigh, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus are taken through a live demonstration but two young Canberrans"][/caption]

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