Australians are unlikely to be able to cast their votes electronically in a federal election any time soon. Acting Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers today poured cold water on the push to introduce a trial of e-voting at the next federal poll, conceding his comments risked caricaturing him as a cautious bureaucrat. Mr Rogers voiced concerns about whether the AEC could implement e-voting safely. … “I would have to be honest with you and say I’m concerned about our ability to introduce some form of electronic voting safely.
“We could introduce something. It may not be great. We may be back in a sort of WA situation if we’re not careful in a short space of time,’’ Mr Rogers said. He said he would be worried about any large scale adoption of electronic voting before the next election, even a trial.
Earlier this week, the Communications Department recommended that the federal parliamentary committee examining the conduct of the 2013 federal election support a trial of e-voting.