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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:37 pm    Post subject: electronic ballots for absentee voters ? Reply with quote

( some weird news from elections Canada , apparently they are considering allowing electronic ballots for absentee voters but this would still require parliamentary approval first )


Elections Canada exploring electronic ballots for absentee voters



The Associated Press

Monday, February 6th, 2017



Elections Canada is exploring the potential of an electronic ballot delivery system to speed up the process for absentee voters.

The agency is asking for feedback from potential suppliers on how to design a system that would allow voters who are unable to vote on election day or in advance polls to download and print a ballot – instead of waiting for one to show up in the mail.

That would include people with disabilities, in the military, away from home or behind bars, as well as anyone who does not want to vote the regular way.

Elections Canada is calling it a fact-finding exercise to get a sense of the technology that is out there, noting that the Canada Elections Act would need to be amended before any changes could actually take place.

An electronic ballot for absentee voters was one of the recommendations from Marc Mayrand, who retired as chief electoral officer last year, on how to modernize the voting system.

This would be different from online voting, which Elections Canada has no plans to implement without clear direction from Parliament.

http://ipolitics.ca/2017/02/06.....ee-voters/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elections Canada investigating electronic ballots for absentee voters

Election ballot
A voter casts a ballot in the 2011 federal election in Toronto on May 2, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young


The Canadian Press
Published Monday, February 6, 2017 5:04PM EST



OTTAWA -- Elections Canada is exploring the potential of an electronic ballot delivery system to speed up the process for absentee voters.

The agency is calling it a fact-finding exercise to learn more from potential suppliers on how to design a system that would allow voters unable or unwilling to vote on election day or at advance polls to download and print a ballot -- instead of waiting for one to show up in the mail.

"Elections Canada is seeking information on tools and technologies currently available in the market that could help improve the special ballot vote-by-mail service we currently offer," Melanie Wise, a spokeswoman for the agency, wrote Monday in an email.

"Specifically, this could involve electronic delivery of a blank ballot, which voters can print on paper, mark by hand and return to Elections Canada by postal mail."

That would include people with disabilities, or living away from home, as well as anyone who does not want to vote the regular way.

Those who are serving in the Canadian Forces, or who are behind bars, also use a special ballot, but this is not done by mail.

Canada Elections Act would need to be amended before any changes could actually take place.

A proposal to allow absentee voters the option to download an electronic ballot was among a series of recommendations from Marc Mayrand, who retired as chief electoral officer last year.

"This would mean that these electors would not have to wait for a special ballot kit by mail, thereby increasing the likelihood that their ballots will reach Elections Canada on time to be counted," Mayrand wrote in his report.

This would be different from online voting, which Elections Canada has no plans to implement without clear direction from Parliament.

The House of Commons committee on electoral reform was tasked with examining online voting, but ended up advising the Liberal government not to go ahead with it.

Mayrand had urged caution when he appeared before the committee last July, arguing that while no one could deny online voting would benefit many Canadians, it would also raise challenges regarding "the integrity and secrecy of the vote."

Still, the committee did recommend that Elections Canada explore the use of technologies to increase the accessibility of the vote.

Wise said this initiative could end up paving the way for other changes later.

"Offering electronic delivery of blank special ballots is one way for the agency, parliamentarians and voters to get more familiar with voting technology," Wise wrote.

"This experience can help inform deliberations about future online electoral services," she wrote.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics.....-1.3273361
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