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Sunday, 24 February 2019 01:04 pm

Voters and candidates split about online voting in future

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VOTING TRADITIONALLY: Wellingtonians line up at the City Council to cast their vote.

VOTERS and candidates at Wellington City Council today were evenly split on the possibility of online voting in the next elections.

Among the last-minute voters, younger people in particular supported allowing people to cast their local election vote online.

“We should definitely allow it, online voting is the future,” said Dylan Kelly, a student at Victoria University.

Others, although open to the idea of online voting, did not want to the council to lose focus on more traditional methods of voting.

“I believe it could be troublesome for elderly people on a lower income as not all of them have that access,” said Robyn Kelly.

Ross Right Side

LOCAL DEMOCRACY: Ross Dutton cast his vote in the local election.

Many voters voiced concern about the security of online voting.

“We should stick to paper as it is the least corruptible system, I don’t think that online is secure enough,” said Dave Scales.

Ross Dutton was also unsure.

“It would be very easy for people to falsify information.”

Porirua and Manawatu have agreed to trial online voting in the 2016 local body elections.

John Dow, a candidate for the Lambton Ward who was there talking with voters, opposed online voting but believed that change was necessary.

He said the voting system was broken and needed to be fixed.

“I think at the end of the day we should go back to casting your vote in person on the day.

There should be incentives to encourage people to vote, possibly even fines for those who don’t.”

Wellington’s incumbent mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, wants for the system.

“I would like to see the implementation of online voting in the near future.”

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