[LINK] Dangerous Precedent re Internet Voting

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Tue Nov 1 12:25:17 AEDT 2011

Roger - full version here:


On 1/11/11 12:05 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> The Oz went behind its paywall today.
> And Google News doesn't find this one.
> Kate Lundy advises G-G on net vote
> The Australian
> November 01, 2011 12:00AM
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/kate-lundy-advises-g-g-on-net-vote/story-e6frgakx-1226181851167
> THE Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, has accepted results of a
> controversial internet voting ballot by Engineers Australia after
> receiving advice from the Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary,
> Kate Lundy.
> EA conducted the ballot seeking changes to its royal charter and
> bylaws on November 16 last year. Under normal circumstances, the
> results would be presented to the governor-general, patron of
> Engineers Australia, for assent.
> ...
> [The remainder is blocked by the Paywall]
> [The article is on p.42 of the Oz IT Section of Tue 1 Nov 2011]
> [Despite serious problems with the ballot process, and a failure by
> the returning officer to make key information available to
> scrutineers, the relevant Minister advised the Patron to ignore the
> problems.
> [On the one hand, who cares about a spat among Board members of a
> professional association.  On the other, are we expected to abandon
> probity just because the Internet is used to run elections??]

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