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Home Portfolio Security & Justice Manageable risk: NSW electors flocked to iVote despite security criticism
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PEOPLEIan Brightwell, Clinton Firth
DEPARTMENTSAustralia Post, NSW Electoral Commission
TAGS Electronic voting, NSW Electoral Commission, Australia Post, Ian Brightwell, New South Wales Electoral Commission, Clinton Firth
NSW electors loved iVote so much, there’s suspicion many claimed to be travelling on election day just so they could use it. The CIO behind the system is adamant its security risks can be managed and that electronic voting has a place in Australia, as a secondary channel.
Electronic voting should be an alternate channel in all Australian elections, according to New South Wales Electoral Commission chief information officer Ian Brightwell, but paper ballots should remain the primary system for the foreseeable future.
“We’re very interested in getting engaged in the public discussion,” Brightwell said last week at the Technology in Government conference. “I’m sure as the federal election approaches there’ll be more talk about electronic voting, and we’ll happy to engage in discussion with anyone about that.”
The state elections CIO insists the well-publicised information security risks are manageable and that a system like iVote in NSW has a place as a “complimentary service” for those who can’t easily cast a ballot the traditional way. “I wouldn’t like to see it being dominant,” he said. In his view, the two channels could enhance each other’s integrity.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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