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Showing your voting support with a button can be more powerful on Facebook. Shutterstock/dfoto

Can Facebook influence an election result?

Facebook has already proved it can increase the number of people who vote in elections. But what if it tries to influence how they vote?
Seeking a peaceful handover of power between parties and political opponents. Jim Young/Reuters

Election legitimacy at risk, even without a November cyberattack

It's true that sophisticated hackers may be able to tilt the presidential election. But the more likely threat to democracy comes from sore losers who sow doubt about voting integrity.
There is a large Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Mark Makela

Will the Amish turn out for Trump? Don’t bet the farm

The Trump campaign is adding groups of untapped, swing state voters to its Trump playbook. A political scientist examines whether the Amish vote in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio can be swung.
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics? Dean Lewins/AAP

Lessons from the election

The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…
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.
Australia continues to enjoy voter turnout levels that are the envy of voluntary-voting regimes the world over. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election explainer: why do I have to vote, anyway?

The majority of Australians approve of compulsory voting – and have done so for decades. The nay-sayers continue to be a minority.
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.

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