Sunshine Coast elections: Who did you just vote for?

2016 Qld council elections: Couldn't we do it online?

STANDING in a queue in the steaming heat, the thought kept going around in my head.

Why in 2016, do we need to go somewhere, fill out pieces of paper, to vote.

Surely, this could all be done online?

I mean I like an election day sausage sizzle as much as the next bloke.

And the Queensland Electoral Commission staff are more than pleasant.

In fact in the face of some stroppy voters, they were super tolerant.

But really, in an age where we can transfer thousands of dollars in our bank accounts using a smart phone, surely we can tick an online box for who we want as mayor or a councillor.

Think of all the paper we would save.

Should voting be done online?

This poll ended on 25 March 2016.

Current Results

Yes. It would save paper and time

50%

No. It could be hacked or manipulated

31%

No. Not everyone has a computer

12%

Don't know, didn't vote

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Not only would we not need voting slips on election day, but we wouldn't need all those election voting pamphlets that are thrust upon us by equally sweaty campaign workers and volunteers.

If we voted online, surely we could have a simple guide to the candidates and their policies next to them as we voted.

Given the high level of consideration given by most pundits to their council candidates, four or five paragraphs would do the trick.

What do you think? Time for a change on how we vote? Or are you worried it could be manipulated or hacked by parties and candidates?

 


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