Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dead and buried

The planned online voting trial at this year's locla body election has been cancelled:

Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston has announced that the online voting trial proposed for this year’s local body elections will not proceed as more work is required to ensure a trial meets public and government expectations.

“Public confidence in local elections is fundamentally important. Given real concerns about security and vote integrity, it is too early for a trial,” says Ms Upston.

Good. Online voting is fundamentally insecure, and those problems aren't going away any time soon. The government should never have proposed this, but its good they've finally recognised it. The question is, will they still try to foist it on us, or recognise that the problem is fundamental and give up? Sadly, I'm expecting the former.