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Part IVB—Electronically assisted voting

Part IVB Electronically assisted voting

216  After section 73L

Insert:

73LA   Entitlement of Antarctic electors to vote

                   An Antarctic ele ctor is entitled to vote in accordance with this Part.

217  Section 73M (heading)

Omit “ Regulations may provide ”, substitute “ Providing ”.

218  Subsection 73M(1)

Omit “sight-impaired people to vote by an electronically assisted voting method”, substitute “an electronically assisted voting method to be used by sight-impaired people to vote”.

219  After subsection 73M(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The regulations must provide for an electronically assisted voting method to be used by Antarctic electors to vote at referendums.

220  Subsection 73M(3)

Omit “the generality of subsection (1)”, substitute “subsection (1) or (1A)”.

221  At the end of section 73M

Add:

             (7)  Without limiting subsection 33(3A) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 , regulations made for the purposes of this Part may make different provision in relation to sight-impaired persons and Antarctic electors.

222  Section 73QA (heading)

Omit “ used ”, substitute “ used by sight-impaired persons ”.

223  Subsection 73QA(1)

After “used”, insert “by sight-impaired persons”.

224  Part V

Repeal the Part.

225  Paragraph 93(1)(a)

After “a presiding officer”, insert “, a polling official,”.

226  Subsection 104(1)

Omit “(1) In hearing”, substitute “In hearing”.

227  Subsection 104(2)

Repeal the subsection.

228  Section 116

Omit “, except for the purposes of Part V,”.

229  Subsection 118(1)

Omit “(1) A person who, being an officer other than an Antarctic officer,”, substitute “An officer who”.

230  Subsections 118(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections.

231  Subparagraphs 131(1)(b)(ii) and (c)(ii) and (1A)(b)(ii) and (ba)(ii)

Omit “or office of a DRO”.

232  Subparagraphs 131(1A)(d)(i), (ii) and (iii)

Omit “, pre-poll voting office or office of the DRO (as the case requires)”, substitute “or pre-poll voting office (as the case requires)”.

233  Paragraph 131(2)(a)

Omit “, pre-poll voting office or office of a DRO”, substitute “or pre-poll voting office”.

234  Subsection 131(2)

Omit “, pre-poll voting office or office of the DRO (as the case requires)” (wherever occurring), substitute “or pre-poll voting office (as the case requires)”.

235  Paragraph 135(4)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  in the case of premises at which an application may be made for a pre-poll vote—any pre-poll voting officer at those premises.

236  Paragraph 6(d) of Schedule 4

Repeal the paragraph.

237  Application of this Part

The amendments of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 made by this Part apply on and after the commencement of this item.