Australia not ready for e-voting

AUSTRALIA is not ready for a voting system that allows for online votes to be cast, as a parliamentary committee fears it could compromise the integrity of the system.

The interim report of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matter, released on Thursday recommended against e-voting in Australia.

The committee found any such move for the next federal election or in the "near future" was not possible given concerns about "catastrophically compromising electoral integrity".

Among the risks the committee cited from e-voting were hackers, the cost of creating and administering the scheme, voters' privacy and security concerns.

While the committee noted it was a possibility in the future, it was also concerned other nations that had invested in e-voting systems had walked away from the idea.

However, the report did recommend using electronically connected rolls to ensure people did not vote twice at different booths.



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