iVote crashes as state goes to the polls
“This was due to the increase in the number of people using the iVote system,” said a spokesperson. “Any eligible voter who requested to use iVote today but was unable to vote will be exempt from paying any penalty.
“The electoral commissioner can also determine, once the elections are over, that other categories of voters must be exempted from having sufficient grounds. “
Failure to vote in local elections results in a fine of $ 55 if a valid reason is not provided.
The committee noted that “almost three times the number of voters used iVote in these elections than in any previous election”.
“We apologize to all voters unable to access the system due to these issues. A full report on the conduct of the election is required by law to be published on our website by May 2022. ”
Mr Town said the lifting of the $ 55 fine was “totally fine,” but his council in Wollondilly had contentious issues in which he wanted his voice heard.
“It was a pretty important election, there were a lot of new independents vying for it,” he said.
“This election had the opportunity to make a difference by bringing out some of the councilors who have been there for 26 years.
“A waived $ 55 fine is great, but it is unfortunate that we cannot make our voice heard on something for which voting is compulsory. “
Mr Town said his region’s small population compared to the larger areas of Sydney council also meant that “probably every vote counts a little more here”.
This year, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marks the first time that iVote has been used for local elections. It has been used in state elections before, with 234,401 votes cast using iVote in the 2019 state poll.
By the close of nominations on Saturday at 1 p.m., 652,983 local government votes had been cast through the online voting system, which opened on November 22. It is not yet known how many voters were barred from voting.
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