Why ballot-by-internet may not be the answer to sliding turnout.
As New Zealand inches towards the introduction of online voting, in local elections at least, it’s worth pausing to consider the downsides.
While the use of the internet to cast a vote is sometimes hailed as a panacea to declining turnouts, it would also introduce various risks.
Those are neatly encapsulated in an xkcd-style cartoon drawn by Richard Clark and posted on Twitter last week. It has received hundreds of retweets, and triggered a good old debate.
He introduced it by saying, “I’m sorry about my awful handwriting. But not as sorry as we will all be if we do online voting.”
Richard Clark / @Phirate
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