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Victoria examines electronic voting

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016

Just weeks after the trouble-plagued first online census, Victoria will examine the effectiveness of electronic voting in two parliamentary inquiry public hearings.

The Electoral Matters Committee will hear from electoral commissions, technology specialists and community advocacy groups on Monday and Wednesday.

The committee is examining forms of electronic voting already in use and what can be done to ensure integrity and security of such a system.

The Victorian Electoral Commission will give evidence on Wednesday.

In a written submission to the committee, the VEC recommended legislative amendments to allow a limited category of voters to be allowed access to remote voting.

Such electors would be the vision or motor impaired, those with insufficient language or literacy skills and others who are interstate or overseas during an election.

This month's denial of service attacks on the census, leading the Australian Bureau of Statistics to take down the site before millions of Australians could complete their forms, has led to a debate on the merits of online government systems.

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