Thursday, September 17, 2009

Australia: Plug pulled on electronic voting | National Breaking News |

Plug pulled on electronic voting | National Breaking News |

ELECTRONIC voting trials conducted at the last federal election proved too expensive and will be abandoned, the Federal Government says.

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters earlier this year conducted an inquiry into remote electronic voting for Australian Defence Force personnel serving overseas and electronically-assisted voting for people who are vision-impaired.

It found that both had relatively high average costs compared to ordinary voting and recommended the trials, carried out at the 2007 federal election, be discontinued.

Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig today said the Government agreed with the committee's report.

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