Bronx councilman Fernando Cabrera will introduce a bill on Wednesday to create an internet voting system for local elections. Cabrera said he hoped such a system could counteract low voter turnout, especially in districts like the one he represents in the Bronx, which include Kingsbridge, Morris Heights, West Bronx, and University Heights. “There are other cities, and some 20 countries that have some form of online voting,” Cabrera told Capital. “Only ten percent of the registered voters will turn out for a primary,” he said, adding that turnout is even worse when it’s a rainy day or if the polls close early.
The Bronx Democrat admitted there are concerns over the program, which could open the door for instances of identity theft and voter fraud, but said those details have been worked out in other cities that have used the technology.
“The software that’s out there is able to confirm individual’s identity through different passwords, and checks,” Cabrera said describing the measure as a “broad bill” that can still be tweaked to address security and possible disenfranchisement concerns.
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