A pilot program for online municipal election voting in Vancouver won’t get off the ground in time for the upcoming civic election. Earlier this year, Vancouver city council passed a resolution to set up online voting for the advance polls of this year’s municipal election on Nov. 19, which would have allowed eligible voters to cast a ballot by home or mobile computer.
However, the city needed provincial approval to get the program up and running — and the province says there’s not enough time to ensure a fair and accurate process is in place.
“Their response, after consulting with Elections BC, was that they did not have enough confidence that we could conduct a pilot this year and meet the tests they would like it to meet in terms of being rock solid,” said Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer.
Elections BC doesn’t manage civic elections, but said online voting opens the door to voter fraud.