Confidentiality concerns have prompted the city of Clarence-Rockland to backtrack on its plans to hold electronic elections and it has implemented an “emergency plan” to use traditional paper-based ballots. The municipality, located just east of Ottawa, said problems mailing out confidential personal identification numbers (PINs) to thousands of voters in the area ultimately forced it to drop its groundbreaking plans. “It was brought to our attention that the Voting PIN was visible through the window of certain envelopes resulting in both the Voter ID and Voting PIN not remaining confidential to the elector,” said the municipality in a statement released Tuesday morning.
“An emergency plan has been put in place in order to ensure the credibility for the 2014 Municipal Elections.”
The municipality had planned to move completely away from paper-based ballots during the 2014 election. Only phone and Internet voting was going to be accepted. However, the confidentiality concerns regarding the PIN numbers forced the municipality to backtrack.