Electoral Law in Aotearoa New Zealand, 3rd edition

Electoral Law in Aotearoa New Zealand is the only comprehensive review of the Aotearoa New Zealand electoral system written from a legal perspective

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ISBN/ISSN: 9781988598031
Release Date: June 15, 2023
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Electoral Law in Aotearoa New Zealand not only sets out the legal rules that apply to elections but also explains why they are that way in straightforward manner. Written by New Zealand's foremost expert on the topic, Electoral Law in Aotearoa New Zealand is accessible reading for both the legally trained and lay reader and has been recognized as an authoritative source by the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

The third edition updates developments since 2013 including:

• The effect of COVID 19 on the 2020 election date, as well as new legislative provisions to respond to emergencies at election time;
• Changes to political funding rules, voting procedures and enrolment practices;
• The Supreme Court’s issuing of NZBORA declarations of inconsistency in relation to prisoner voting and the voting age, as well as subsequent parliamentary responses;
• The Court of Appeal's discussion of election broadcast regulation in Watson and Jones v Election Commission;
• Prosecutions against individuals involved in fundraising activities for the NZ First, National and Labour Parties;
• Changes to how Māori may move between the Māori and general electoral rolls.


• It is comprehensive in its treatment, not only setting out what the legal rules are but also helping to explain why they are that way
• It is written in an accessible and non-jargon filled manner, allowing both legally trained and lay readers to understand it
• It is written by New Zealand’s foremost expert on the topic, drawing on his publications in a number of academic journals

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Table of contents

  • Part 1: Background to Aotearoa New Zealand’s Electoral Processes

  • Chapter 1: Relationship between Law and Representative Democracy

  • Chapter 2: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Mixed-Member Proportional Voting System

  • Part 2: The Electoral Timetable

  • Chapter 3: When is an Election Held?

  • Part 3: Defining Boundaries: Who may take part?

  • Chapter 4: Identifying the Voters

  • Chapter 5: Identifying the Electoral Contestants

  • Chapter 6: Determining the Electoral Districts

  • Chapter 7: Māori Seats

  • Part 4: Regulating the Election Campaign

  • Chapter 8: Protecting the Overall Integrity of the Voting Process

  • Chapter 9: Regulating the Funding of Election Campaigns

  • Chapter 10: Regulation of the Media’s Election-Related Activities

  • Part 5: Casting and Counting the Ballots

  • Chapter 11: Legal Regulation of the Polling Process

  • Chapter 12: Legal Regulation of the Vote Count

  • Part 6: Oversight of Electoral Process

  • Chapter 13: Oversight by Electoral Administrators

  • Chapter 14: Oversight by the Courts

  • Chapter 15: Oversight by Parliament

  • Part 7: Direct Democracy

  • Chapter 16: The Use of Referendums in Aotearoa New Zealand