NSW iVote reports online voting success

A new electronic voting system at the NSW State Election has been declared highly successful, with four times as many people using the technology than the NSW Electoral Commission had hoped

The iVote system was introduced to help people with a disability or who found it difficult to get to a ballot box, by enabling them to vote via the internet or over the phone.

Electoral commissioner Colin Barry said it was initially thought that a maximum of 11,000 people would cast their vote through the iVote system.

But at the state election in March, almost 47,000 used iVote.

"iVote has been well received by people who are vision impaired, or who have another disability, as well as those who live in remote areas or who were interstate or overseas on election day," Mr Barry said in a statement on Thursday.

"It was particularly well embraced by people who were interstate or overseas on election day."