NSW voters could soon be spared the trip to the polls on election day after a deal was struck to use online voting technology in the 2015 State Election. The NSW Electoral Commission has selected Syctl to provide online voting technology in the 2015 State Election to support its iVote Core voting Sytem. Scytl has developed election-specific cryptographic security technology, protected by more than 40 international patents. The online voting technology will be the cornerstone of the the iVote system, and will enable secure, accessible, transparent and auditable elections to eligible citizens across NSW. The technology will help the NSWEC realise its goal of using the iVote system to deliver a remote voting channel to eligible voters in NSW, and possibly to other jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand.
Currently, NSW is one of the few jurisdictions globally with ongoing requirements for remote internet and phone voting for parliamentary elections. Now, only the visually impaired, disabled electors or electors who are outside NSW on Election Day, or live a long way from a polling place can vote via the iVote system.
The modernisation of the system, to allow vote verification, will enable all eligible voters to vote via the online channel.