Wednesday, March 26, 2008

E-voting in the Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Electoral Commissioner will be talking on 9 April 2008 about the e-voting system used in Canberra:
ACT Society for Technology and the Law presentation

E-voting; casting votes or casting doubt?

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier - particularly in the case of computers, which perform procedural and repetitive tasks faster and more accurately than any person could hope to achieve. Except, it seems, when it comes to counting votes.

While electronic voting has been used in a number of countries for years without incident, in other jurisdictions (particularly the United States) it has generated all sorts of controversy. From allegations of corporate bias and even fraud, to fiascos over hanging chads and disenfranchised voters, to fears of 'hackers' usurping the very foundation of democracy, poorly-designed e-voting systems can create more problems than they solve. Is it possible to create a system that just works?

The ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, thinks it is possible. In fact, he's got just such a system and it has been working quietly and effectively for the past four years. Join us as he presents an overview of the challenges (and solutions) that confronted the ACT when it took its first steps into the e-voting world, and how the resulting eVACS open-source system is at the forefront of best-practice e-voting solutions.

Date: Wednesday 9 April 2008
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm


Murray-Darling Conference Room
Australian Government Solicitor
50 Blackall Street
Barton ACT

RSVP: by Friday 4 April to <>
Sandwich lunch provided.

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