Elections Canada is exploring the potential of an electronic ballot delivery system to speed up the process for absentee voters. The agency is calling it a fact-finding exercise to learn more from potential suppliers on how to design a system that would allow voters unable or unwilling to vote on election day or at advance polls to download and print a ballot — instead of waiting for one to show up in the mail. “Elections Canada is seeking information on tools and technologies currently available in the market that could help improve the special ballot vote-by-mail service we currently offer,” Melanie Wise, a spokeswoman for the agency, wrote Monday in an email.
“Specifically, this could involve electronic delivery of a blank ballot, which voters can print on paper, mark by hand and return to Elections Canada by postal mail.”
That would include people with disabilities, or living away from home, as well as anyone who does not want to vote the regular way.
Those who are serving in the Canadian Forces, or who are behind bars, also use a special ballot, but this is not done by mail.
Canada Elections Act would need to be amended before any changes could actually take place.
Full Article: Elections Canada studies electronic ballots.