NSW Re-Elections to be Held After December Voting Crash

A large number of voters in New South Wales would have to go back to the polls after the Electoral Commission’s online voting system crashed at the local government elections in December.

Justice Robert Beech-Jones declared the results in the three council areas void on Thursday afternoon.

“The primary consideration is the interest of the electorate,” Justice Beech-Jones said.

“The cost, stress, and inconvenience to the elected cannot be elevated above the electorates’ interest in having a council elected in accordance with the Local Government Act,” Beech-Jones added.

The commission asked the Supreme Court to scrap the results in Kempsey, Singleton, and Shellharbour Ward A “to protect the integrity of the electoral system.”

Beech-Jones told the court the number of voters who were unable to vote, even if it was small, still had real potential to change the results in all three councils.

“With reluctance, I find that because the system of election for the three councils is proportional representation, it is necessary to declare all of the councilors’ elections void,” Beech-Jones said.

The NSW Electoral Commission found 34 voters in Kempsey, 55 in Singleton, and 54 in Shellharbour who attempted to use the iVote system were prevented from casting their vote.

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