by LOLITA FARMER,
After conducting public hearings and briefings involving experts on the subject matter, it looks Australia has given a thumbs down or in other words rejected electronic voting according to the Interim Report on the Inquiry Into the Conduct of the 2013 Federal election. The Committee’s investigation found out a mix of factors such as “security, secrecy, verifiability and costs that complicates electronic voting system”. “High costs and unacceptable security risks” which means Electronic voting is easily hacked at a price that’s too high-presumably both in democratic and financial terms”.
The technology is too vulnerable to manipulation by nefarious types paid by the highest bidders to get the election result Surprise? Not at all given the alleged voting scandals in the Philippines Smartmatic machines and in the USA Bush era the “Diebold” machines very similar to modern ATM machines that offer no verifiable paper trail.
One may say how about the banks around the world who secure billions of cash from online withdrawals? Committee Chair Tony Smith MP is quoted as saying, “Ultimately the Committee has concluded that electronic voting can’t be introduced in the near future without high costs and unacceptable security risks”.
“The Committee has considered careful steps to progress electronic support mechanisms for voting. Any use of technology in the electoral process needs to have the principle of the sanctity of the ballot at its core.” He was quoted, “ It is clear to me Australia is not in a position to to introduce any large-scale system of electronic voting in the near future without catastrophically compromising our electoral integrity “.
Though paper ballots can also be falsified and tampered with but there is at least some paper trail to search for. There was also support to the electronic voting received by the Committee arguing that electronic voting is the way to solve the errors of the 2013 federal election. So what is your say on this electronic system of voting? Do let us know. .