The City of Waterloo will investigate using online and telephone voting for the 2014 municipal elections. Council went against the best informed person it had at the table and voted Monday to look into internet and telephone voting for the 2014 municipal election. The city will seek proposals from companies with voting technology, and wants the cities of Cambridge and Kitchener to consider using it as well. Coun. Jeff Henry grew up in Markham which has used internet voting for several years and also been part of University of Waterloo student elections where electronic voting was used. “My skepticism comes with knowledge,” Henry said.
He raised issues with security and democracy, similar to concerns expressed by Kitchener politicians when they debated the idea. For more than a year the city studied the process and found issues with security, cost, democracy and guideline issues.
… City clerk Susan Greatrix said it is expected online voting would add costs to the election process. “I don’t anticipate there would be a reduction in election costs,” Greatrix said. “It would be much more expensive than traditional voting.”