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Edmonton considers trial for 2013 election

 
 
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In addition to casting one's ballot at a polling station like this one at the Capilano Community League in 2010, the city is considering offering voters the option of electronic voting in the 2013 civic election.
 

In addition to casting one's ballot at a polling station like this one at the Capilano Community League in 2010, the city is considering offering voters the option of electronic voting in the 2013 civic election.

Photograph by: Chris Schwarz, edmontonjournal.com

EDMONTON - Edmonton could see a pilot program to test Internet voting in the next civic election, officials say.

E-voting, which can include using phones, electronic ballots or the Internet, has occurred in more than 30 Ontario municipalities and four Nova Scotia jurisdictions.

Several Alberta centres, including Edmonton, Calgary, St. Albert and Strathcona County, are interested in trying the new technology, Laura Kennedy, Edmonton’s director of elections and corporate records, said Wednesday.

The group might work with Municipal Affairs on a small trial during the 2013 election, possibly focused on the special ballots sent to people who will be away or can’t get to the polling booth, she said.

“We could all explore a different aspect of it,” said Kennedy, who estimated about 700 special ballots were mailed out in Edmonton for the 2010 election.

“We could have different iterations and compare the results at the end.”

The process might involve simply sending people a PIN or a PDF so they could print their ballot, fill it out and mail it back, she said.

City staff will study the issue, including costs and ensuring security, before reporting on the options to council next fall.

Internet voting requires changes to the Local Authorities Elections Act, but the province is supportive as long as the process is clearly spelled out and such concerns as doing recounts without a paper trail are addressed, Kennedy said.

“It’s another voting opportunity for residents. When we’re in non-election years, we’re always looking for other alternatives,” she said.

“We want to make sure we have enough alternatives for people to come out to vote.”

Although full Internet voting is likely 10 to 15 years away, councillors want more information about how the idea could work in Edmonton.

“As people age and people are less mobile … this is a good method of encouraging the voter turnout,” Coun. Karen Leibovici said.

While some councillors wanted to know how to ensure the registered voter and not someone else casts the electronic ballot, city clerk Alayne Sinclair said there’s potential for tampering in any election.

“Any system of democracy has to rely on the basic values we have in our society … that people are trustworthy. Fraud is going to happen in elections. We can’t prevent that. All we can do is put in as many safeguards as possible.”

gkent@edmontonjournal.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In addition to casting one's ballot at a polling station like this one at the Capilano Community League in 2010, the city is considering offering voters the option of electronic voting in the 2013 civic election.
 

In addition to casting one's ballot at a polling station like this one at the Capilano Community League in 2010, the city is considering offering voters the option of electronic voting in the 2013 civic election.

Photograph by: Chris Schwarz, edmontonjournal.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fantastic! It will be a fabulous way to get many to read about those running for office and then casting their votes! There is no need for many to run around and cast a ballot at the last minute. Online voting's time has come!!!


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If you all think that there is corruption now in how we vote just wait until the CLOWNS institute this form of voting. HAAHAA I can hardly wait for the whole mess and at what cost to TAXPAYERS yet again. Did taxpayers request this? You know, the people that are going to be paying for it?


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