Readers from New Zealand may not that know that it is illegal not to vote in Australia. If you are unable or unwilling to vote you will be fined. How great would this trial be in Australia where you are not only democratically eligible to vote but intact forced to ( the democratic lawfulness of which should be subject of much investigation in itself)?
Local Government Minister Chris Tremain has announced that online voting will be trialled in the 2016 local authority elections.
“Online transactions are the way of the future and the Government is committed to rolling out digital services for New Zealanders,” says Mr Tremain.
“I have asked the Department of Internal Affairs to put together a working party from across government and local authorities and with information technology experts. They will consider the options, costs and security issues involved in online voting.
“Voter turnout in local body elections is traditionally low and we need to look at other ways to encourage people to become involved in the democratic process.
“Online voting will be more convenient and appeal to young voters. It will also make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. “
“There is a high level of interest from the sector in online voting with organisations like the…
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