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What the feds can learn from NSW about e-voting

Byron Connolly | July 12, 2016
Ian Brightwell, the former NSW Electoral Commission CIO, discusses his experience with e-voting during the 2015 state election and what can be changed at a federal level.

"You can shove equipment into all these pre-polls ... it's not an impossibility or even a huge difficulty to put computers into pre-polls because you are there for two to three weeks," he said.

At the very least, all of the 'out of area' votes can be done in the pre-poll on a computer, he said.

"But to be frank, the smart thing to do would be to do all pre-poll votes electronically. The key when you do it, because it's an attendance vote, print a paper docket and that paper docket gets put into a box.

"That box is then used on a sample basis to validate the result - so you can have no dispute [about the result]. And that will pick up potentially another 20 per cent of the vote. And those votes, which aren't counted on election night now, would be available on election night," he said.

Source: CIO Australia

 

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