Say goodbye to the poll booth: The big changes coming to your next election 53



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It’s something that has perplexed voters for years. As a country with compulsory voting in elections for everyone over 18, we have left our practises back in the last century – we still line up at a poll booth and vote for our preferred candidate. This sounds easy but what about the thousands of Australians every year who can’t vote at a polling booth for a multitude of reasons? A postal vote isn’t exactly the most reliable kind of delivery anymore.

The answer is simple: we need electronic voting. And while this type of collation of votes has been used in the past for vision impaired people, it is now being trialled in the next Queensland election.

According to QLD deputy premier Jackie Trad, the sunshine state will be the first in the country to trial electronic voting at the 2016 council elections.

“We will be trialling – in a small way – electronic voting at the upcoming council elections in March 2016,” Ms Trad said.

“It is something that has been on the books – in terms of a trial – for some time.

“And we are hoping that it might be a good mechanism for people – particularly for people who are impaired – to have their vote cast before election day”, said Ms Trad.

A survey of 3700 people found that 31 per cent of voters would already prefer to vote on the internet.
“Fifty-seven per cent of respondents would prefer to keep voting at a polling booth, whilst 31 per cent would prefer to vote via the internet in the future,” the survey found, reports Brisbane Times.

So if QLD is trialling online voting and it’s successful, what are the risks? Paul Williams, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Griffith University told 4BC, “Basically when it comes down to voting, to give people equal access you gotta go to the lowest common denominator and give people something that works, that’s reliable and of course, government’s like things that are cheap”.

“There are still great fears about corruption and about people hacking the system.

“We all know that in the digital age that as soon as we come up with a new technology, a new app or whatever it is, there’ll be some way that some nefarious force will be able to corrupt that”.


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  1. Not convinced look at how they have bungled counting in previous election and that was done manually, can you imagine the mess they could create if it is done electronically ?

  2. I like the idea but I would worry about how secure it would be. With other nations hacking into computers to cause havoc could the system be manipulated. There was the opinion when Gough Whitlam was sacked that America was involved as Whitlam was threatening to close all US military bases in Australia. How much easier would computer voting make it for another country to change the outcome if in Australia one party supported some thing they wanted but not the other.

  3. If something goes wrong with the computer system we could end up with anyone running the country

  4. Hope this way is accurate….I will miss the long lines….chatting to people haven’t seen in a while n spending a dollar on a cake to help the school tuckshop fundraise…..

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