Key figure in local elections open to system changes

As questions swirl about the structure of the local election process, a key figure in the process said he was open to change.

Warwick Lampp is part of the private company Electionz.com, which organizes dozens of municipal elections each cycle under a decentralized system.

Lampp said that despite multiple inquiries and a weight of submissions suggesting the Electoral Commission should take over, the central organization had never shown an appetite for it.

“It’s an option for it to be centrally managed, and that’s a really good question,” Lampp said. “But every council is different, every council has its own model of representation.”

“In this regard, it means that [local] elections are much more complicated than legislative elections.

However, Lampp thinks there is room for some centralization of rules and processes around voting for councils.

He said there could be the same policy in each region on the voting system, hoarding and candidate booklet rules, “which would be much easier if that were the case.”

Amid criticism in recent weeks of the mail-in voting system, Lampp also outlined ways in which he believes online voting could be conducted safely and successfully.

“I think the country has changed, the way we do things has changed, and the way the electoral process has been set up is very complex, and it’s not as easy as it used to be.”

“The postal system has its problems, and we could say now that the three-week voting period is too short for the system we have in place.”

He said the vast majority of elections his company runs for private organizations have an online component.

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