The Municipality of Argyle has voted to approve a bylaw that paves the way for electronic and telephone voting in this October’s municipal elections. The municipality held a public hearing on the bylaw prior to its June 12 meeting, although the hearing didn’t attract any members of the public. In the upcoming fall vote there will be no paper ballots in the Municipality of Argyle, but there will still be some polling stations. The Town of Yarmouth, which is also going strictly with electronic (computer) and telephone voting, also won’t have paper ballots in this fall’s vote. The town will have one polling station set up at the town hall with computers and telephones, and at which people can get assistance, if required, to vote.
The Municipality of Argyle is still figuring out the issue of its polling stations. “We are currently assessing how many is enough, but we will have more than one for sure as we are geographically challenged when compared to the town,” says CAO Alain Muise. “There will be a help desk (phone in) put in place by the municipality as well as assistance at the stations themselves.” At this point, the municipality estimates there would be six to eight polling stations scattered across the municipality.