29 Responses to Internet voting for council?

  1. Brett July 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Want to help me be the first mayor elected through the internet?

  2. scot July 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    you’d have my vote, Brett.

  3. Brett July 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Okay, let’s do it. What’s first? 😉

  4. scot July 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    If you are serious I can give you the details and I’ll nominate you. with 2 new wards you’d make an excellent candidate.

  5. Brett July 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, I’m very serious. You’ll receive a draft of my manifesto soon.

  6. James Hillis July 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Looking forward to reading it!

  7. Dave Bearing July 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I would be worried about hackers screwing around.

  8. Brett July 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Yes, I agree, hackers. Terrorism is a vicious crime, always be alert, and make sure your anti virus is functioning and up to date.

  9. Jimm July 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Hackers can shut down a site, could they not skew the votes somehow? That would be my concern as well. You can have all the anti-virus you want but could someone hack the voting. there are still a lot of issues with this idea, that I would really need to know more about before I could endorse something like that.

  10. Brett July 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    We have experts in computer security that have battled with this problem for decades, as we have had experts battling voter fraud, for decades. I did not state that there were no concerns regarding security of the citizenry. I will state, however, that like any system, a civilian voting system would need to have it’s pros and cons thoroughly evaluated. Ultimately there is a solution for every system, as there is with this one.

  11. Gary T. July 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    While many of us do have Internet access, many seniors don’t use the Internet and winter elections cause them not to venture out during the winter weather, that is another area that needs to be worked on.

  12. Brett July 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    As with any system, there must be a means in which the system can perform it’s function. This system will be developed in such a way so that all citizenry will have equal access to all functionality of the system. I hate the winter, too and I’m not keen on trudging through the snow to vote.

    You might be surprised how much Grey Power we have in cyberspace, I’ve been fixing and selling technology to Cambridge’s elders for years.

  13. Brett July 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I missed a couple words there; the system must have means to perform it’s function with a variety of alternatives that will facilitate the ability of all citizenry to engage the system, that means people that do not use computers will be able to vote on issues just as well as those who do use computers.

    I’m not just talking about elections, I’m talking about giving the citizenry the ability to vote on all council decisions.

  14. Brett July 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    …oh, and please, can i get a different avatar? I look like a paranoid skeleton who’s on a bad acid trip.

  15. Jimm July 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I know, I am trying to figure out how to allow your own avatars on here.

  16. Jimm July 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This look is the best I can do for now! It just looks like the acid trip!

  17. Brett July 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    lol, see? Every system is prone to tweaking, until you get it right!

  18. Jimm July 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    We will keep working on it, someday we will get it right.

  19. scot July 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    To get back on topic, if they do bring in some kind of internet/email voting it will change the way a campaign is run, and could result in wholesale changes on Council.

  20. Brett July 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    We are able to log into the Government of Canada’s web services already, they can identify us as who we are. Therefore the mechanism exists to validate citizen voting online, because the difficult part exists. What would be needed is a way for elections Canada to become the official verification service for a voting system. Once this becomes available the service could be applied to any vote, anywhere.

    Think about what kind of revenue that could generate for the city if we implemented it first, we can sell the technology to other municipalities.

  21. Colin Carmichael July 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

    If you setup an avater at Gravatar.org, it should show up here automagically (and most other WordPress-powered sites)

  22. Jimm July 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I will see if it works

  23. scot July 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Baaa haaa haaa, it does! Thank you Colin, most of what I know about WordPress I learned from you, and your help is always appreciated.

  24. Jimm July 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    In our very unscientific poll we had 69% vote no and 31% yes.

  25. sarah miller July 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I don’t trust the Internet for things like that.

  26. Brett July 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    for things like, what? the poll, or the voting

  27. John Caffrey July 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    In my case i never believe polls, cause i know i never give the pollster my true feelings. As for internet voting, well i will wait and see about something like that.

  28. Brett August 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Increasing voter interaction with council online would be great, but I doubt anyone could get elected if that was the core of their campaign, so sad ;-(

  29. scot August 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Not yet, Brett, but it is the way things are heading.

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