A bit of a twitter rant on the topic of e-voting. TL;DR: It’s a bad idea.

Which I may have predicted before polling day. 

These are the core requirements for any electoral system. There is no trust in the results without these being met, and being seen to be met. Paper voting has evolved to the point to ensure this.

e-voting? Not so much. Or at all really:

One user raised a query re handling of multiple voting, which is covered in the preliminary scrutiny:

As far as I know, there has never been a case where fraudulent or multiple voting has altered the result of a Divisional election in Australia, even when the final margin is in single digits. That’s because the checking, under the close eyes of scrutineers, ensures that only valid votes are counted, that duplicate declaration votes remain sealed, etc.

That level of audit-ability, that level accountability, whilst preserving the anonymity of individual votes, is the standard that any e-voting system must reach. I’m not aware of any that have come even close to that, and many that have failed.

For more on this, check out this excellent tweet chain from @asher_wolf where she quotes from, and expertly comments on, the last Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters re e-voting:

Several of the replies identified a number of failures, including the Irish system that was developed but never used.

This video is also well worth watching on the topic:

As is this article on The Conversation. The final line is telling:

Receiving votes from the internet is the easy part. Proving that you got the right result, while keeping votes private, is an unsolved problem.

So, no, e-voting is not an overdue reform in Australia. It will introduce more problems than it will “solve”. And the problem that it’s being touted to solve (length of the count) isn’t even that much of an issue anyway.