A couple of days ago, I came across an article at ZDNet about the Victoria Electoral Commission expanding its e-voting deployment through the use of Linux-based computers. It still fascinates me that in this day and age that we still resort to pencil and paper and physically turn up at a designated location to cast a vote in a municipal, state or federal election.
This sort of e-voting still requires you to turn up but forgo the pencil, paper and ballot box and simply use a touch screen instead. Now, I’ve never used one of these machines myself (as the trial was limited to visually impaired people or military personnel of which I am neither) but some of those forms can be quite a job to fill in such as the Senate ballot paper. Before you ask, yes, I am one of those people that will fill in every box below the line because I hate the idea of my preferences being decided by someone else.
I still find this sort of solution frustrating as you would still need to rock up to a voting place, get your name crossed off (still probably on paper instead of using a database) and then wait in a line to use a computer.
Why can’t I vote at home? We can do a census online so why can’t we vote online?
Why waste paper on the ballot forms and the crappy voting material you receive when running the gauntlet to get to the voting booths?
It’s time that the electoral commissions across the nation to get their act together and bring us into the 21st century. So much money could be saved by removing all of the manual labour from the whole process.