Change of address

Heading: inserted, on 25 March 2014, by section 22 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 8).

89B Elector must give notice of change of place of residence within electoral district

(1)

This section applies to an elector who, being registered as an elector of an electoral district, changes his or her place of residence within that district.

(2)

The elector must, within 2 months after the date on which he or she changed his or her place of residence, give notice of—

(a)

the change of his or her place of residence; and

(b)

the address of the new place of residence.

(3)

Notice under subsection (2) must be given—

(a)

in writing to the Electoral Commission; or

(b)

in an approved electronic medium.

(4)

An elector who has a physical or mental impairment may give notice under subsection (2) through a representative, and section 86 applies with any necessary modifications.

(5)

On receiving a notice under subsection (2), the Electoral Commission must—

(a)

amend the roll to record the change in the elector’s place of residence; and

(b)

give confirmation to the elector, in accordance with section 94A, of that amendment.

(6)

An elector who knowingly and wilfully fails to comply with subsection (2)—

(a)

commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine—

(i)

not exceeding $50 on a first conviction; and

(ii)

not exceeding $100 on any subsequent conviction; but

(b)

is not, by reason only of that failure, disqualified from voting at an election in the electoral district in which he or she is registered.

(7)

Despite subsection (6), an elector who gives notice of the matters specified in subsection (2) after the expiry of the period referred to in that subsection but before the commencement of a prosecution is not liable for prosecution for his or her earlier failure to give notice.

Section 89B: inserted, on 25 March 2014, by section 22 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 8).

Section 89B(3)(a): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 29(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Section 89B(5): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 29(2) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).