The NSW Electoral Commission has invited pitches from suppliers to replace the core system behind iVote in preparation for increased use of the online voting system at the next state election. It follows the passage of legislation allowing previously ineligible voters to use technology-assisted voting in NSW’s general elections and by-elections. The existing iVote system was originally introduced for the 2011 state election as a way for blind and vision impaired citizens to vote independently and privately. It has since been expanded to support those voting from overseas or interstate.
However, the Electoral Bill 2017, which quietly passed into NSW state law last week, changes the eligibility criteria for the use of iVote so it now extends to registered early voters and silent electors.
iVote is currently made up of three systems: registration and credential management, core voting, and verification. Only the core voting system is provided outside of the agency and is currently supplied by Spanish vendor Scytl.