[LINK] New proposal for e-voting - Turnbull

Richard rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sun Sep 15 14:44:57 AEST 2013

On 14/09/13 3:49 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Tom Worthington wrote:
> <snip>
>> My preference would be to introduce a similar eVoting system for federal
>> elections, but only at the larger polling booths, interstate and
>> pre-poll booths. Voters could be encouraged to "pop in and vote while
>> shopping" during the pre-poll period using the electronic system, while
> <snip>
> My preference is for voting to be in schools/civic centres rather than
> shopping malls.
> Electronic voting in the booth would be fine - as long as the user
> interface was up to scratch.
> It would be like an open book exam (it would be too late to start googling
> polices or calling a friend in the booth).
> Though ofcourse, cheat sheets (how-to-votes collected on the way in) would
> be permitted.
> Marghanita
Well, I'll stick with the position I've taken before. Paper voting is 
procedurally inclusive. E-voting is not.

I don't regard inclusion as optional, and saying "look it's open source" 
is a cop-out.

After copping some abuse on Twitter for putting this position, I invited 
my interlocutor to answer my detailed points here:

Stilgherrian makes a nice point here: 

Just how does anyone propose to put 110 candidates on one screen without 
making it like "reading a newspaper through a keyhole"?

I've watched this debate every damn election I've been reading Link, and 
I'm sick of geeks trying to steal democracy. Always for my good, somehow.


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