Reconnecting Australia's Politically Excluded: Electronic Pathways to Electoral Inclusion

Reconnecting Australia's Politically Excluded: Electronic Pathways to Electoral Inclusion

Lisa Hill (University of Adelaide, Australia) and Kate Alport (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2007100101
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Abstract

This article examines the potential for e-technologies to address the problem of political exclusion among some currently excluded groups of voters in Australia today. It canvasses known and suspected patterns of such exclusion and, in some cases, suggests likely reasons for it. We review the capacity for electronic forms of voting and registration to address the following issues: low voting and registration levels among indigenous Australians, declining registration levels among the young, restricted access to the secret ballot caused by disability, informal voting among minority language speakers and people with low literacy and numeracy competence, low voting participation among people who experience difficulty in attending a polling place on election day, and low voting participation among the Australian diaspora. We begin by providing some technical background, after which we report briefly on the electronic voting (e-voting) state of play in Australia today.

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