Another issue is that pre-polling gives an advantage to the major parties over the smaller ones, due to the latter having fewer resources.
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An analysis of pre-polling figures shows a surge in early voting, particularly in regional areas. But questions remain about how it affects the relationship between voters and parties.
Early voting is convenient for voters, but is three weeks of it too long?
Australians now have effectively 17 election days. This means parties change how they campaign – and many people cast their votes without being fully informed.
How confident should voters be that their ballots will be counted accurately?
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Ensuring the integrity of democratic elections from hackers and electronic tampering, and boosting public confidence in democracy, isn't very difficult, nor expensive.
All indications are that voting was not subject to a cyberattack.
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Though there is no indication hackers affected the outcome of the election, we still must act to improve the cybersecurity of American elections.
About one in four Australians are skipping the polling day queues and voting early.
More than 280,000 votes were cast online at the NSW election, which has been claimed as a new world record. The state's early vote also looks set to hit a new high, mirroring a trend across Australia.
If recent trends hold, early voting in Australia is here to stay.
As counting for the Queensland state election continues, the Electoral Commission of Queensland has reported a record number of pre-poll votes. More than 200,000 Queenslanders cast their vote early. This…