25 Apr 2016

No enrolling on election day for special voters

7:15 am on 25 April 2016

A parliamentary select committee has voted down a move which would have allowed special voters to enrol on election day.

The Justice and Electoral Committee has released its report into the 2014 general election, which highlights the need to tackle a falling voter turnout.

At the last election more than 27,000 special votes were disallowed, because voters weren't actually on the electoral roll.

But committee chair Jacqui Dean said allowing people to enrol and vote on election day wasn't realistic.

She said it would be too cumbersome for electoral officers to process and it was more effective to encourage voters to enrol before election day.