AEC to trial e-roll
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) staff will use computer notebooks to electronically mark off voters attending 60 polling booths across Australia next month.
at 60 booths
As part of a new trial during the upcoming election more than 80 AEC teams will also use the devices as mobile polling gets under way.
Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killesteyn said the 2013 Federal Election was the first time that electronic versions of the electoral roll were being used in selected early voting centres and polling booths.
“We want to test whether electronic certified lists make it easier for polling officials to find and mark off voters on the roll and help reduces the time it can take to move through the polling place,” Mr Killesteyn said.
He said the trial locations would vary widely with about 35 notebooks to be provided at the Sydney Town Hall “super-booth”, while mobile teams visiting remote locations in the Northern Territory would also be equipped with the devices.
He said some of the notebooks would also be able to print House of Representatives ballot papers for any electorate on demand, helping to cover the potential requirements of interstate voters.
“Results from the trial will enable the AEC to weigh up the investment costs and potential benefits of electronic certified lists and how they could help in the conduct of future elections,” Mr Killesteyn said.
Meanwhile important voting information for the election is being delivered to nearly 10 million households across Australia.
The AEC’s Your official guide to the 2013 Federal Election contains practical information on how to correctly complete the ballot papers as well as details of how to vote before or on election day.
It can also be downloaded in MP3, e-text or large print PDF versions from the AEC website or ordered as an audio CD, print or Braille version.
For more information go to http://www.aec.gov.au/election/guide.htm
Edition 376, 27 August 2013