NSW confirms iVote system will be scrapped for next year's state election

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The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) has confirmed it will scrap using the iVote system for next year’s state election as there is a lack of confidence it will be ready in time.

The decision comes after an unknown number of voters were unable to cast a vote during local elections at the end of last year due to the iVote online voting system suffering a failure for a portion of the voting period.

An NSWEC investigation into the local election bungle found the system failure impacted the outcomes of three local elections.

The NSWEC had already shelved the iVote system for “extensive reconfiguration and testing” to resolve the issues encountered during local elections, but the latest move indicates the system will not be used until at least March 25 next year.

“The current version of the iVote software used by the Electoral Commission will be phased out and the short runway for configuring and testing a new version before March 2023 means the Electoral Commissioner cannot be confident an updated system adapted for elections in NSW will be ready in time,” the NSWEC said in a statement.


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