Scytl has won a $1.9 million contract to upgrade the NSW Electoral Commission’s iVote application. The 2017-18 state budget included funding to enhance the iVote system, which provides browser-based Internet voting and telephone voting. iVote has been used in two NSW elections, as well as the 2017 WA election and nine NSW by-elections. There have been two versions of iVote; Scytl developed the core voting system used by the application from the 2015 NSW election onward. iVote has three key components: A registration and credential management system, which were both developed by the NSW EC; the Scytl core voting system; and a telephone system built by the electoral commission for vote verification.
The refresh project will include enhancing iVote’s security, through improving voter verification as well as generally upgrading the application’s security.
Tender documents issued last year by the NSW EC said it was also interested in increasing iVote’s “transparency, auditability and scrutiny”, allowing the system to support more than one election at a time and introducing additional language support.