Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy 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, Election Law in New Zealand is accessible reading for both the legally trained and lay reader and has been recognized as an authoritative source by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
This second edition updates developments since 2007 including:
- The 2011 referendum on the electoral system and the subsequent Electoral Commission review of MMP;
- The creation of a new Electoral Commission that performs the various administrative responsibilities relating to elections;
- Changes to political funding rules and voting procedures;
- The judicial discussion of political party selection processes in the Payne v National Party and Payne v Adams litigation;
- The Court of Appeal's discussion of election broadcast regulation in Alliance Party of New Zealand v Electoral Commission;
- The prohibition on prisoners voting under the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act 2010.
In addition, responding to feedback from the first edition, the author has added a discussion of the issue of electronic voting and a new section on the issue of referenda.
The Electoral Commission of New Zealand awarded the first edition of the text its Wallace Award for best textbook, article or monograph on electoral matters.
Table of contents
1 Relationship between Law and Representative Democracy
2 Consequences of a Mixed-Member Proportional Voting System
3 When Is an Election Held?
4 Identifying the Participants at Election Time
5 Determining the Electoral Districts
6 Māori Seats
7 Protecting the Overall Integrity of the Voting Process
8 Regulating the Funding of Election Campaigns
9 Regulation of Election-Related Broadcasting
10 Legal Regulation of the Polling
11 Legal Regulation of the Vote Count
12 Oversight by Electoral Administrators
13 Oversight by the Courts
14 Oversight by Parliament
15 Citizens' Initiated Referenda
16 Government Initiated Referenda