[LINK] New proposal for e-voting - Turnbull
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Thu Sep 12 15:59:05 AEST 2013
At 03:30 PM 12/09/2013, David Boxall wrote:
>The Act is quite clear. There's ample case law on the subject. For
>software to permit an invalid vote would probably be illegal.
Interesting how words are interpreted based on context.
Someone may want to check the act for what I'm about to say.
Allowing an invalid vote to *count* toward a result would be illegal.
That's what the scrutineers are for. However, it is obviously NOT
illegal for an individual to cast an invalid or what is normally
called an informal vote. Otherwise a lot of people would be charged
in every election for doing so.
The question is therefore how to vote informally with an e-vote. I
can come up with a specific way. Sign in at the polling desk and
immediately turn around and walk out without voting at all. It's not
quite as satisfying as putting an X through all the names of the
idiots you hate or writing nasty limericks, but the effect is the same.
The problem would be if the AEC attaches any identifier to the
individual at the time and logs them into a computer, keeps track of
a vote against that login, then takes action against the person who
walks out. If the voting system turns into a tracking system, they
would be acting outside the law (that's the part that would need to
be checked against the Act. And no, I didn't read the link above.)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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