E-Voting

September 22nd, 2008 at 7:02 am by David Farrar

An article in the NZ Herald on how we will not have until 2023 at the earliest under current plans. I’m one of those quoted criticising the timetable and advocating we should be moving to trails in the very near future.

points out that groups such as the Teachers Council have sucessfully run online elections with 80.000 voters.

A change I have advocated in the past is that the Chief Electoral Office be put in charge of all local body elections also (working with the local authorities). This change is beneficial in its own right, but would also allow testing of e-voting in one or two areas in 2010.

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5 Responses to “E-Voting”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    I don’t think E-Voting is a good idea.

    Labour lives on CORRUPTION and this would just give them more options. If they just can’t help themselves and put their hands into the taxpayers pockets for $800,000 last time then what would they do with E-Voting to play with?

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  2. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    mm, paper is harder to fake.

    apparently ive been banned for a week on the substandard for calling pierson a knob. lol – care factor um .0000000001

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  3. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    Rather than open up more oportunities for abuse I think we should be taking several steps backards. Dye marking the finger method. You turn up to vote, to identify yourself, you vote you go go home.

    Can’t be arsed showing up, no vote, no giving your quick vote card to someone else to do it for you, no KFC do not pass go.

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  4. LC (162 comments) says:

    e-voting is the thin edge of the wedge. Imagine if it was quick and easy to vote on important matters. Hmm no need for lots of MP’s as we can do their job efficiently and effectively. We would in fact become our own MP’s….

    So that’s why it won’t fly.

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  5. freethinker (677 comments) says:

    National Radio – I think had a discussion on e-voting at the last US election were the two companies supplying the machines and software – Diebold & ESS were later found to be owned by Republicans and software experts who critiqued the software as flawed and easily interefered with. e-voting should be the practical way to go in the future as it would allow public input quickly & cheaply on political issues not known at election time – like anti smacking and privy council abolition. To reassure an understandably sceptical public the software needs to be open source and subject to post election review in every aspect by independent experts with a mandatory prison sentence for those taking part in falsifying results.

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