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Type: Book chapter
Title: Electronic conduits to electoral inclusion in an atypical constituency: The Australian case
Author: Hill, L.
Alport, K.
Citation: E-Government Diffusion, Policy, and Impact - Advanced Issues and Practices, 2009 / Mehdi Khosrow Pour (ed./s), pp.156-173
Publisher: IGI Global
Publisher Place: United States of America
Issue Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781605661308
Editor: Mehdi Khosrow Pour
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Lisa Hill and Kate Alport
Abstract: <jats:p>Due to compulsory voting, Australia’s turnout rate is among the highest and most socially-even in the industrialised world. Nevertheless, some voters are still left behind on election day. In this chapter we examine the potential for E-technologies to address the problem of political exclusion among some currently excluded groups of voters. We canvas known and suspected patterns of such exclusion and, in some cases, suggest possible reasons for it. We review the capacity for electronic forms of voting and registration to address: 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 E-voting state of play in Australia today. </jats:p>
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DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-130-8.ch010
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