Victoria puts electronic voting on agenda

Electronic voting in Victorian state elections will be considered as part of an inquiry into electronic democracy, said the state Minister for Information and Communication Technology.

Marsha Thomson said the Electronic Democracy Inquiry will look at how the "Bracks Government uses technology so that Victorians can take a more active role in the decision-making process".

She said online voting would be considered, along with a range of options including the datacasting of Parliament over the Internet and the use of technology to keep individuals and interest groups informed of proposed legislation.

"This inquiry will also investigate the potential for Internet discussion forums, e-mail and SMS alerts about upcoming parliamentary business, live Internet Parliamentary broadcasts and 'virtual' communities."

A spokesperson for the minister said the report and its recommendations will be finalised by the end of the year.

"More and more people are using the Internet as part of their daily lives and the Victorian Government recognises that there is an opportunity to use technology to involve Victorians in the operations in their Parliament," Thomson said.

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