With the federal election looming and a state election next year I have been thinking about all the expense involved in holding a parliamentary election. Forget about the politicians and hangers-on jetting around the country, forget about the incessant advertising, I am talking about things like the ballot papers, the polling booths, the “How to vote” pamphlets, the letter box drops, all the things that are wasted, that I hope are eventually recycled.
This is the twenty-first century, why can’t we vote the way do most other things, on-line. I know what you are thinking, that would be fraught with danger, but I think it might encourage more people to vote and fewer people to do an informal vote. I think the worst part about election day is queuing at the polling stations and getting all those pamphlets shoved at you.
Nowadays we have so many forms of identification I don’t think rorting would be an issue, perhaps two forms of identification. We all have a Medicare card and most of us have a Tax File Number or perhaps a Senior’s Card or a Health Care Card, the list could go on.
I suppose you could say that all that traffic to one site on one day would cause a bottleneck, and their may be problems accessing the site, I have a workaround. Not all of us will embrace voting on-line so by all means restrict voting by attendance at a polling station to Saturday, but perhaps on-line voting could commence Friday night and close on Sunday night, we will still have a more accurate count that we do now and think of the cost savings, money better spent elsewhere, or wasted depending on who gets into power.