City councillors in Thunder Bay are one step closer to approving electronic voting for the next municipal election. Councillors like Trevor Giertuga say they’ve come around to accepting online and telephone voting. “Last time I voted against internet voting, but this time, I believe I’m going to vote in favour of it,” he said. “But I don’t want to do it as a knee-jerk reaction based on frustrations from this election. I’m just changing my mind on this one.” Giertuga supported a call to ask the city clerk to examine electronic voting. Council received a very similar report about four years ago, which was turned down by council.
Giertuga, along with others, said they wanted the two new councillors to get all of the information they did four years ago, to learn about electronic voting.
But council newcomer Shelby Ch’ng said she’s already made up her mind, and supports voting online. “I don’t believe that fear of technology would be a reason why we don’t do something,” she said.
“Ninety-six other municipalities are already online. We are so behind we can learn from them. I’m sure people were afraid of carrier pigeons when they came out too.”