21 Aug 2020

Covid-19: Andrew Little, Winston Peters on postal voting

From Morning Report, 6:49 am on 21 August 2020

Strong warnings are being sounded about the risks of postal voting this election, with preparations underway as New Zealand still battles the virus.

The Electoral Commission has geared up for an exponential increase in postal voting - that's an option for people who can't physically get to a polling booth - for reasons like age or a health condition.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says if the postal services and election officials are overwhelmed, it could be a disaster.

Justice Minister Andrew Little told our political editor, Jane Patterson, a lot of work's gone into election preparations, but there's always a risk.