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How secure is your vote? Hands with votes illustration via

Securing the voting process: Four essential reads

While voter fraud - despite recent allegations - is rare, how do we ensure the ballots we cast are counted accurately? If so, how? Our experts offer background and insight.
By hand: voters use paper and pencil to cast their ballots in the 2016 Australian federal election. AAP/Paul Miller

Electronic voting may be risky, but what about vote counting?

There's something about seeing the ballot process take place – the vote, the count – that inspires confidence. That wouldn't be the same with any electronic voting system.
Receiving votes from the internet is the easy part. Proving that you got the right result, while keeping votes private, is an unsolved problem. AAP/Paul Miller

Election explainer: why can’t Australians vote online?

Despite years of research, nobody knows how to provide evidence of an accurate result while keeping individual e-votes private.
Security experts discovered that the iVote practice server was vulnerable to tampering; after checking that the same weakness affected the real voting server, they alerted the authorities. Vanessa Teague and Alex Halderman

Thousands of NSW election online votes open to tampering

UPDATED 3PM: The NSW Electoral Commission has now publicly commented on the security flaw we uncovered. But we're concerned that it does not seem to understand the serious implications of this attack.

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