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Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election

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By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said.

Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote via computer or telephone. Currently, over 1,000 organizations across 48 countries use the system.

Electronic voting means convenience for the elector, easy accessibility for people with disabilities, reduced cost of election workers, no requirement for advance voting stations and overall reduction in elections costs.

“Submitting online or on the phone has the same effect of dropping a paper ballot into the box at a traditional voting station,” Lattey told council.

Council was shown an example of online and telephone voting using a template from an actual election managed by Simply Voting in Prince Edward Island.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos said he does not know how many traditional paper voting stations will remain if an electronic system is adopted. It is also unknown as to how much a system like Simply Voting Inc. will cost.

“Times have changed, other municipalities have moved this way and it’s more convenient for people,” Antonakos said.
Antonakos supports the move toward electronic voting and hopes it will lead to a higher voter turnout in future elections.

Council asked that staff collect more information regarding electronic voting and the success of the system in other municipalities before coming to a decision about whether or not this system will be used in the 2018 election.
Council is expected to hear updated staff recommendations in the new-year. A decision would need to be made by April 2017 for the system is to be adopted for 2018 municipal elections.

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Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election

vote

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said.

Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote via computer or telephone. Currently, over 1,000 organizations across 48 countries use the system.

Electronic voting means convenience for the elector, easy accessibility for people with disabilities, reduced cost of election workers, no requirement for advance voting stations and overall reduction in elections costs.

“Submitting online or on the phone has the same effect of dropping a paper ballot into the box at a traditional voting station,” Lattey told council.

Council was shown an example of online and telephone voting using a template from an actual election managed by Simply Voting in Prince Edward Island.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos said he does not know how many traditional paper voting stations will remain if an electronic system is adopted. It is also unknown as to how much a system like Simply Voting Inc. will cost.

“Times have changed, other municipalities have moved this way and it’s more convenient for people,” Antonakos said.
Antonakos supports the move toward electronic voting and hopes it will lead to a higher voter turnout in future elections.

Council asked that staff collect more information regarding electronic voting and the success of the system in other municipalities before coming to a decision about whether or not this system will be used in the 2018 election.
Council is expected to hear updated staff recommendations in the new-year. A decision would need to be made by April 2017 for the system is to be adopted for 2018 municipal elections.

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