A Remote Electronic Voting System known as the iVote® system was introduced for the State General Election in March 2011 and used for all subsequent State by-elections.
Under current legislation, the iVote® system cannot be made available in Local Government elections.
While the background to this initiative shows that the original impetus was to enable electors who are blind or have low vision to cast an independent vote, the legislation subsequently broadened those eligible to use the iVote® system to electors who have reading difficulties, or have other disabilities, live more than 20km from a polling place or will be interstate or overseas on election day.
The overview explains briefly how the iVote® system operates, how security is maintained, and how the votes cast using the iVote® system are counted.
As required by legislation, the Electoral Commissioner must approve the procedures for use of the iVote® system. View the Approved Procedures for elections which have used the iVote® system.
Also required by legislation the Electoral Commissioner engaged an independent auditor (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) to conduct both pre and post implementation audits of the information technology used for the State General Elections under the approved procedures.
An independent evaluation report (PDF 1.0MB) was prepared after the election by Allen Consulting Group which assesses the effectiveness of technology assisted voting provided at the NSW State General Election in March 2011.
Extensive consultation with academics and other experts was undertaken in the lead up and following the NSW State General Election March 2015.