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NSW Electoral Commission apologises for the iVote system crash on council election day

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The NSW Electoral Commission has apologised for the iVote system crashing midway through local council election day across the state.

The website, which allows NSW voters to cast a ballot online, was listed as "unavailable" this morning with commission announcing the issue in a tweet on Saturday morning.

"We're investigating the issue and will resolve it as soon as possible," the tweet read.

"We regret any inconvenience caused."

In a statement issued on Saturday evening, it said the crash was due to the increased volume of people using the iVote system.

Almost triple the number of voters used iVote at these elections than any previous election, according to the NSW Electoral Commission.

More than 5 million NSW residents were set to head to the polling booths today. It is not known how many people were voting online.

iVote has crashed on election day.
iVote has crashed on election day. (NSW Electoral Commission)

iVote is a system set up for people who have specific difficulties in casting a ballot in person.

They include the blind and those with low vision, silent electors, and those who have trouble reading.

People who are outside their local government area on election day and did not receive a postal ballot are also eligible to use the system.

Democracy sausage (Getty)
While buying a democracy sausage is not mandatory, it is an option at many polling stations. (Getty)

Every voter in NSW is required to cast a ballot today for local government elections, many rewarding themselves with a traditional "democracy sausage" outside polling stations.

Those who don't vote face a $55 fine.

The elections had been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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