Oxford Considers High Tech Future Elections
Oxford Town Council is considering a move to electronic ballots for future elections.
Know as e-voting, the system would allow people to vote by computer or smartphone instead of the traditional paper ballot.
The idea is just in the discussion stage and the council has asked for more detailed information.
Halifax has used e-voting and experience suggest the measure is more cost-effective and increases voting activity.
The Chief Administrative Officer says there are cost savings in preparing the voters lists, the cost of supplies, and reduced staff. Rachel Jones says voter response has generally been good with voter turnout rising from the low thirty percent to over fifty percent.
Jones says that the voting period could be stretched over a longer period rather than a single election day with special and advanced polls. Voters could cast a ballot from almost anywhere in the world, if absent from the town at the time of the election.
Council expressed concern for those unfamiliar with computers or possible misuse of personal identification numbers used to verify a voter. Councillor Dawn Thompson says giving someone your P.I.N. would be no different than giving your proxy.
The idea stems from success in Halifax where the municipality made a bulk purchase that would allow other municipalities to access e-voting on the coattails of HRM.
Jones will gather details and present to council at a future meeting before any decision is made.
The CAO will be our guest on Six Rivers Radio about 9:45 Wednesday morning to discuss the option.
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