Victoria rolls out new infrastructure ahead of state election

Mobile electoral offices and touchscreen kiosks form foundations for upcoming election

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has flagged plans to roll out mobile ICT infrastructure for the running of state elections held later this year.

The project will see the establishment of 64 Election Management Offices (EMO) across metropolitan and regional Victoria to help manage the election, due by 27 November.

Each of these offices will include a server holding a local copy of the VEC’s Election Management System database as well as the local file and print services. The servers are all standard and run Windows Server 2003.

Each office will also be provided with between two and four PCs and be based on Windows Vista. Netbooks will also be provided and attached to the local network.

Each office is expected to have a Dell 1700N A4 printer and a network-connected Toshiba photocopier\printer.

E-voting kiosks with an integrated IP phone will also be deployed at each office.

In March, the VEC said it was looking to develop a new electronic voting system for the next state election.

The systems are expected to use 102 touchscreen-based kiosks deployed to mobile and stationary Early Voting Centre sites around rural Victoria and for eligible voters in the United Kingdom.

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