Electronic voting has been trialled or implemented in six of Australia’s nine electoral jurisdictions, with each jurisdiction adopting different practices and systems. However, as noted by Taylor in his review of Australia’s electronic voting systems, electronic voting “has mostly been used for those with [disabilities and a restricted franchise], and has not until recently been seen as an option for mass voting”.53 Given Australia’s long history of electoral innovation as the creator
of the secret vote and early adoption of flexible voting methods – postal voting was first developed in colonial South Australia – there has been considerable critical and public discussion about why electronic voting is not a more central component of Australia’s electoral democracy. This chapter explores some of the reasons behind this.
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