Monday, 11 September 2017

Online Elections - Voting

For as long as time has been around and a need to vote, paper ballots have ruled.  Even with the last 20 years or so welcoming in the Electronic age, paper ballots still rule.  But WHY!!

It's been plainly obvious with lower voter turnouts, that apathy rules the general public with the ability to vote a low priority (due to actually fronting up and waiting in queues.)

So why don't we go electronic so a greater proportion of the voting public have their say?? This quote was from Wiki:

"By country. Polling place electronic voting or Internet voting examples have taken place in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Namibia, the Netherlands (Rijnland Internet Election System), Norway, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, the UK, Venezuela, and the Philippines."

Ok so it's not a full on switch but many are going this way if they can (and their internet connections allow)  So how do we, a supposedly Tech Savvy country, embrace electronic voting?

  Well it's easy to do so.  Simply put, everyone from birth is given a IRD number, so when they turn 18 they have already been given a Number.  Simply put, IRD and a pin number gives folks the ability to vote online. And it will take less than 2 minutes to do so.  It also means that voting can be done from a set period before voting ceases (say up to a month - special voting) And with IRD Number and Pin only one vote is possible.


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