Opposition Leader James Aylward is calling on government to adopt electronic voting in P.E.I. for the next provincial election, in spite of concerns raised by a panel of independent auditors about the potential for serious security breaches. Aylward issued the call earlier this week via press release, saying electronic voting could be a way to revolutionize democratic accessibility and increase voter engagement. “It’s the way of the future,” he told The Guardian Thursday. … P.E.I.’s 2016 plebiscite on electoral reform was the first province-wide electronic vote ever held in Canada. Because this introduced possible new risks, an independent audit of the results was required by the province’s Plebiscites Act.
… It doesn’t appear Aylward suggestion will be enacted anytime soon.
A spokeswoman for the premier’s office said Thursday any move toward e-voting is not on the agenda. “Prince Edward Island should feel proud of its high level of voter engagement as a leader in the country,” she said, pointing to the concerns outlined in the 2016 plebiscite audit report.
“At this time government is not actively considering introducing electronic voting.”