Changes to federal election processes

Candidates standing for election to the Australian Parliament will have to complete a checklist to prove their eligibility according to section 44 of the Constitution, under a bill passed by the Parliament.

Feb 26, 2019

Voters will no longer be required to use a pencil to fill out their ballot paper, but may use ‘the most suitable and cost-effective implement or method’ to allow for the development of other recording methods. In addition, campaigning for votes within 6 metres of pre-polling centres will be banned, to mirror the existing 6 metre exclusion zone that operates at polling centres on Election Day.

Introducing the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2018, the Special Minister of State, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, told the House of Representatives the changes ‘will assist the AEC [Australian Electoral Commission] in the responsibility of delivering efficient and timely elections and promoting public confidence in a key democratic institution.’