What’s up with electronic voting?

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What’s up with electronic voting?

The municipality has chosen to use electronic voting for the 2018 election. This means that between October 9 and 22, 2018, you will be able to vote by phone or online. No paper ballots or polling stations will be used during this election.

Benefits of electronic voting

Cost

It is estimated that electronic voting will save the municipality around 25% of the costs of a traditional paper election – this is great news!

Accessibility

If getting to a polling station is difficult or you are unable to read a paper ballot, electronic voting can make voting easier for you.

Convenience

In a study of the 2015 federal election, 47% of people who did not vote indicated that it was not convenient to vote (e.g., illness, transportation, vacation, too busy).

With phone and Internet voting, you can cast your vote from anywhere in the world, at any time over the 2-week voting period.

Intellivote Systems, who are providing the software for MPH’s election, indicated that it should take you about 2 minutes to vote online and about 4 minutes to vote by phone. That’s pretty quick!

How does electronic voting work?

In late September or early October, you will receive a Voter Instruction Letter by mail that provides:

  • Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Voting website
  • Voting phone number
  • Instructions
  • How to get help

You will need your PIN and date of birth to access the online or phone voting system.

Are you on the voter’s list?

Make sure! Check voterlookup.ca to confirm your eligibility to vote in the election.

Need help with electronic voting?

If you need help casting your vote, Voter Help Centres will be available during the voting period. These locations will have Internet access, laptops, and phones.

  • Town Hall, 56 Queen St.
    • Tues, Oct 9 – Fri, Oct 19 (excluding weekends): 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Mon, Oct 22: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • The Hub, 5325 County Rd. 10 (formerly Canton Municipal Office)
    • Tues, Oct 9 – Fri, Oct 19 (excluding weekends): 10:00am – 4:00pm
    • Mon, Oct 22: 10:00am – 8:00pm

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