Queensland turns on electronic voting for people with disabilities

Electronic voting could be expanded if program is successful

In a step toward Australia embracing electronic voting systems, people with disabilities in Queensland will be able to cast digital votes at the next state election.

The Queensland government announced the electronic voting system as one of several electoral reforms introduced in Parliament today.

“Blind and vision impaired voters will be able to phone in their vote via an electronic assisted voting (EAV) system and physically disadvantaged electors will also be able to cast their vote electronically at selected polling booths,” Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie, said in a statement.

“If successful, expanding EAV will be considered.”

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The Queensland government said it will remove restrictions for eligibility for postal or pre-poll votes, but that voting will remain secure.

“Maintaining the integrity of our electoral system is vital so proof of identity will be required on polling days to prevent voter impersonation.

The state government received more than 250 submissions commenting on the electoral reforms.

“These reforms will ensure Queensland has an electoral system that meets high standards of integrity and accountability and promotes participation in our democracy through political representation and voting,” Bleijie said.

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