E-vote gets nod from majority

GET with the times Australian Electoral Commission – that was the message from Gladstone voters who spoke with The Observer about E-voting on Saturday.

The majority of people approached by The Observer believed it was high time E-voting was made available to all Australian voters, as long as the security of the system could be assured.

E-voting was trialled during the 2007 federal election, making it available to voters who were blind, vision impaired or serving in the Defence Force overseas. It was made available for those people again this election.

One voter, who wished to remain anonymous, said they thought it was essential with many people having internet access at home, on mobile phones and at work. They said for those who don’t have access, there were computers at public libraries.

Ken Vickery said he did not agree with online voting. “Online is too easy to be manipulated,” he said.

Sarah Antilla said she thought it was a good idea as it would reduce waiting times at polling centres.

“It’s a hassle taking kids and family to polling centres,” Ralph Shackleford said. “It would be easier to do it from home.”

Another voter, who arrived about 5pm to a polling centre, before going to work, said E-voting would make it easier for everyone.

Gwen Petty said no to E-voting. “There’s too much fraud possibility and the net is not secure enough,” she said.

“If you can ensure the security of the system, then yes, for those that have it available,” Meredith Prior said.

“Hacking would be one of the issues,” Melissa Miller said. “Yes if those issues were sorted first.”

“I’ve just finished work and had to get here,” Wendy Brown said. “So yes, it would be good.”

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