Australian state electoral commisions opt for Android

The electoral commissions of NSW, Queensland, and Victoria are in the market for up to 5,900 Android tablets.

The New South Wales Electoral Commission has gone to tender seeking between 5,000 and 5,900 Android tablets for use in the electoral commissions of NSW, Queensland, and Victoria.

According to the tender documents, the tablets will be used for conducting electoral roll lookups, completing forms, and training electoral staff. All of the tablets will need to run Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, or higher. There are no dimension requirements stating that the tablets must necessarily be one of either 7-inch or 10-inch versions.

NSW and Victoria will seek 1,500 of the tablets each, with Queensland looking to purchase between 2,000 and 2,500 tablets.

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has developed an in-house Android application, to assist voters with low vision, that require higher specifications than the other tablets. Should the preferred base tablets not be able to run the app, the VEC would seek an additional 400 tablets specifically to run it.

A full briefing on the tender will occur in late November.