The state of convenience voting in Victoria

Seminar/Forum

The state of convenience voting in Victoria

The explosion in the number of electors casting their votes early at Victorian elections since the 2000s (and in Australia more generally) has raised important questions about the practical and normative implications of convenience forms of voting. In this presentation, we share our findings from our broad ranging study into convenience voting in Victoria are, conducted in conjunction with Paul Thornton-Smith from the Victorian Electoral Commission. Specifically, we explore how convenience voting is perceived and experienced from the perspective of the main stakeholders: parties, electoral officials and voters. Our findings reveal that while convenience voting generates different opportunities and challenges for stakeholders, there is broad, even if somewhat skeptical support, for its continuing use and even its further expansion.

Presenters

  • Dr Matthew Laing
    Dr Matthew Laing, Monash University
  • Dr Narelle Miragliotta
    Dr Narelle Miragliotta, Monash University