Electronic Voting May be Adopted in Cumberland
The Municipality of Cumberland is one step closer to allowing electronic voting in the up-coming county elections in October.
Municipal council made it clear a few months ago that ‘e-voting’ is an appropriate and timely change to the long standing system of paper ballots in polling stations.
Council held a public hearing tonight to gather feedback from voters, but there was no opposition.
Council then passed first reading of the proposed Alternate Voting Bylaw. It will come before council again before gaining adoption.
Forty of Nova Scotia’s fifty municipalities have already approved some form of evoting for this year’s election. The bandwagon effect was made possible when Halifax Regional Municipality adopted a proposal from Intelivote, a Dartmouth company that specializes in electronic or internet electoral systems. HRM made it a condition of their contract that all other municipalities could piggyback on the Halifax buying power.
While some municipal units have opted for an all-electronic vote, Cumberland is considering adding an electronic or telephone voting option to the existing paper ballots, giving voters additional choice. Council hopes to increase voter turnout by making it easier for people to cast a ballot.
Municipal elections are held every four years across the province. Elections are set this year for October 17th. For the first time, Cumberland will have elections in eight districts and one county-wide election for a mayor.
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