A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has backed the roll out of Internet-based voting for state elections, but only in limited circumstances. A report by the state parliament’s Electoral Matters Committee on the issue was tabled yesterday. The inquiry endorsed the use of remote electronic voting for electors who are blind or have low vision, suffer motor impairment, have insufficient language or literacy skills, or who are eligible to vote but interstate or overseas. Internet-based voting should be backed by the “most rigorous security standards available” to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), the report recommended.
… The report notes, however, that the robustness, privacy and verification method of iVote have been challenged — including by a researcher, the University of Melbourne’s Dr Vanessa Teague, who in 2015 uncovered a security vulnerability in iVote that could potentially be exploited to stage man-in-the-middle attacks to subvert votes.
A report released in November 2016 by the NSW parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters recommended against expanding the use of iVote and called for an inquiry into the system’s security before the 2019 state election.