The Electoral (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2012 proposes change in several areas. It addresses the inclusiveness of the electoral process with two proposals: one, to allow the Commonwealth's new direct enrolment and update system to flow on to update South Australia's roll; and two, to change the arrangements for postal voting, removing parties from the postal vote application process. The Bill addresses election conduct by proposing to remove a requirement that political comment on the internet carry an authorisation statement. It also proposes to regulate How To Vote cards by introducing a registration system and requiring clearer authorisation statements. It leaves for another time the debate about campaign funding and disclosure. Finally it proposes changing several election management procedures and introducing a term limit on the Deputy Commissioner's appointment.
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