Under changes made to the City of Sydney Act by the Coalition and the Shooters Party last year the CEO of the City is tasked with maintaining a register of non-residential voters. The Greens opposed this legislation, which has enabled businesses in the City to have two votes in Council elections, on the grounds that it is undemocratic and politically motivated.
Given the City’s lack of expertise in the area of maintaining electoral roles Councillors are currently considering what support is available to assist the City with this process. Placing the responsibility to develop and maintain the non-residential roll with the City’s CEO was one element of the legislation that was heavily criticised. While it may be perceived as a conflict of interest for the City to handle the electoral roll we are now forced to deal with the realities of this legislation. Monday’s Council meeting is set to grant the CEO the power to create a new senior position within the City to manage the creation of the roll.
The Greens have committed to working in NSW Parliament to repeal these laws and end double voting for businesses.