VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A resolution to get the province to look at bringing in online voting has just barely passed at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver. Support wasn’t huge with 51 per cent voting in favor.
There were concerns raised about security, but the UBCM will request that the BC government allow online voting by 2018. The province already commissioned a report into the feasibility in 2013 and found it to be too risky.
Osoyoos brought the resolution forward. Mayor Sue McKortoff is aware of the report but thinks we should revisit the issue. “They’ve already done a report on this about a year and a half ago and it was advised that they not go to this stage. All we’re saying is that we need to have another look at this and take a province-wide, coordinated approach to Internet voting.”
She points out nothing in the resolution would force any municipalities to go this route. “It has to be safe, it has to be something that people feel comfortable doing and so I think it’s just the first step. These things always take much longer than we expect.”
MLA Peter Fassbender says the province isn’t against looking at online voting again. “We’ve been reviewing that as it’s been an issue of discussion. There’s (sic) a lot of implications to it, so we’re going to look at it. We’re going to continue to study what the options are and what the challenges might be in doing something like that.”