Electoral Commission inks deal to use online voting technology in 2015

Technology to support iVote Core Voting System at 2015 State Election

NSW voters could soon be spared the trip to the polls on election day after a deal was struck to use online voting technology in the 2015 State Election.

The NSW Electoral Commission has selected Syctl to provide online voting technology in the 2015 State Election to support its iVote Core voting Sytem.

Scytl has developed election-specific cryptographic security technology, protected by more than 40 international patents.

The online voting technology will be the cornerstone of the the iVote system, and will enable secure, accessible, transparent and auditable elections to eligible citizens across NSW.

The technology will help the NSWEC realise its goal of using the iVote system to deliver a remote voting channel to eligible voters in NSW, and possibly to other jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand.

Currently, NSW is one of the few jurisdictions globally with ongoing requirements for remote internet and phone voting for parliamentary elections.

Now, only the visually impaired, disabled electors or electors who are outside NSW on Election Day, or live a long way from a polling place can vote via the iVote system.

The modernisation of the system, to allow vote verification, will enable all eligible voters to vote via the online channel.

NSWEC chief information officer, Ian Brightwell, said public awareness and confidence in the iVote System was of paramount importance to ensure a smooth electoral process and a reliable outcome.

“Scytl’s experience and leading edge security and technology will provide peace of mind to the NSWEC and our stakeholders,” he said.

A spokesperson for the the NSWEC said it chose Scytl not only for its leading edge technology and security (accredited by an unmatched track record of 12 international audits and security certifications, from governments and security organizations worldwide) but also due to its experience in working with electoral authorities in the development of electoral modernisation solutions.

Scytl chief executive, Pere Valles, said the technology would enable the commission to accomplish its objectives and become a flagship for secure and efficient online voting in the region by bringing the highest levels of transparency, integrity and security to their iVote system.

Scytl’s solutions have been used in 35 countries over the past 10 years, including Canada, the United States, France, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

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