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eVACS® success at the Australian Federal election November 2007

Electronic voting for the blind and visually impaired using eVACS® software from Software Improvements, was used throughout pre-polling (2 weeks), and on election day, in every State and Territory across Australia at the November 2007 Federal election (also see Achievements). The system was available at 29 sites around Australia and no technical issues were reported.

For the first time, electors who are blind or have low vision were able to lodge an independent and secret vote in a Federal election, as a trial. Information on the electronic voting trial as documented by the Australian Electoral Commission can be found at

BMM Australia Pty Ltd was engaged by the AEC to perform an audit of the AEC electronic voting machine (EVM) for blind and vision impaired voters. The audit report can be found at

Blind or vision impaired voters operated the Software Improvements eVACS® software with a standard telephone-style keypad and had the choice of four different screen display combinations of screen colours and font sizes, together with audio guidance.  In addition, one of the keys on the keypad provided context-specific information via audio to assist voters throughout the voting process.

Software Improvements chose to work with local suppliers of hardware and services.  For this contract in Australia, UXC Limited, which operates Australia-wide was the main hardware and service provider.  Ingenium Technologies Pty Ltd designed and manufactured the telephone-style keypads, as well as tamper-proof cases for the PCs used for the electronic voting machines.

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