Getup vs AEC

Today’s surprise story:
Lobby group Getup is suing the Australian Electoral Commission.
 
Here’s an article arguing for GetUp to drop the case.
Here is the letter that GetUp sent to its supporters.
 
Why?

GetUp launched an election enrolment website which let you create a digital signature and send your form electronically to the AEC.
 
While the legalities are murky at this point, the AEC has determined that these enrolments don’t count. They require a physical pen-on-paper signature to be faxed, posted or hand-delivered.
 
As a result, several people who thought they enrolled using the GetUp website are not enrolled at all, including two young voters, Oliver and Sophie. They’ve now missed the official deadline, and they won’t be able to vote.
 
In a letter to its supporters yesterday morning, Getup asked whether it should commit time and resources to fighting for Oliver and Sophie’s enrolment to be accepted, and generally for the right to enrol to vote entirely online.
 
The result: GetUp is suing the AEC.
 
Here’s an article arguing for GetUp to drop the case.
 
Here is the letter that GetUp sent to its supporters.
 
Edited to add: blogger and twitterer stilgherrian is doing a great job tracking and replying to comments on the case (and fending off trolls).

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