Online voting company, Election.com, has landed in Australia and is already believed to be in discussions with the Australian Electoral Commission.
However, according to a spokeswoman from the Commission, "there is absolutely no way" any form of Internet voting will be used at Australia's next Federal election.
The spokeswoman confirmed the AEC and Election.com have had "some preliminary discussions", but said no formal business arrangements have been agreed upon.
"[Internet voting] is something we have been keeping a watching brief on . .we are certainly not discounting it." However, security, technical, financial and access issues still need to be resolved in Australia for online voting to feasible, she said.
On the other hand, Election.com, with its history of conducting more than 600 online elections in the US, believes it has what it takes to service the AEC.
"We believe we have the technology and security to make it possible," said Frank Nesci, Election.com's Australia managing director. "We will work with local talent to fast-track Internet voting in Australia and the region."Election.com launched in Australia yesterday, and announced it has acquired Canberra-based technology company Know1 and Brisbane election services company, Ballot and Election Solutions.