Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston says the online voting trial proposed for this year’s local body elections won’t proceed as more work is required to ensure a trial meets public and government expectations.
“Public confidence in local elections is fundamentally important. Given real concerns about security and vote integrity, it is too early for a trial,” says Ms Upston.
“Due to timing restrictions, preparations for the proposed trial have not yet met the legislative requirements and cannot guarantee public confidence in the election results.
“Security testing has been planned but has not yet occurred. Without seeing the results of testing we cannot be confident the systems are secure enough, and the trial could not be authorised.” . .
This is a good move.
Postal voting was instituted for local body elections in te hope it would increase turnout but it is open to misuse and abuse.
I know of a parent who cast votes in a local body election for an adult child who was overseas; a man who voted for a parent who was in a rest home and a family who voted for a dead parent.
The traveller and the elderly parent didn’t mind and the family were as sure as they could be they knew who their deceased parent would have ticked but that’s not the point.
One person, one vote free of fear, favour or influence from anyone else is a basic tenet of democracy.
Postal voting is inherently insecure and online voting would be even worse.
Besides, the question shouldn’t be, how to make voting easier. It’s not very difficult in the first place.
The question should be how to get more people engaged in the electoral process so they want to vote.
People are literally dying to vote in other countries.
The problem here isn’t that people can’t vote easily, it’s that they don’t care enough to do so.