Electronic voting trials on the horizon for Queensland

Summary:One of the reforms coming out of state Cabinet meetings this week has been for the rollout of an electronic voting system to replace the ageing paper-based ballot.

Queensland may soon see electronic voting used in its elections after a number of reforms were supported in cabinet this week.

Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said in a statement that the government is considering a full replacement of the old paper voting system for state elections.

The rollout will be conditional on the outcomes of security arrangements and the successful completion of trials.

Although Bleijie said that electronic voting would assist in bringing its electoral system into the digital age, modernisation is not its first priority.

"The immediate priority is providing electronically assisted voting for people with disabilities," he said in a statement.

"This is about thinking outside of the ballot box so we can enhance voter participation and voting integrity."

Along with the new system, the government said it would remove all restrictions for eligibility for postal or pre-poll votes.

"One thing we won't change is compulsory voting. It is important for all Queenslanders to have their say on polling day."

Topics: Government : AU, Australia, Emerging Tech, Government

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