Edmonton, St. Albert and Strathcona County want to push ahead with Alberta’s first test of Internet voting during next year’s civic election. The three communities are interested in allowing people who can’t reach a regular polling booth to vote online instead of mailing in their ballots, according to a report released Thursday. The move requires a change to the provincial Local Authorities Election Act, and though Alberta Municipal Affairs is interested, it needs letters of support from councillors before it will act.
… Under the current proposal, people approved to vote on the Internet would be given a PIN and enter such credentials as their name and address for verification at a city website, the report says. They would record their choices electronically on a ballot that would be displayed, then confirm them before receiving a receipt.
The system will be designed to ensure personal information isn’t associated with ballot choices, to protect privacy, while there shouldn’t be more risk of people illegally voting again on election day than with other advance ballots, the report says.
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