One of the more interesting things to happen at Monday’s Cambridge Council meeting was the list of recommendations from the V2V Task Force (voter to voter) which was formed to look at ways to increase voter turnout for municipal elections.
Their manadate was:
- · Review the methods for improving the voters list.
- · Improve access and convenience for voters when attending the voting poll.
- · Review alternate voting methods available.
- · Increase voter turnout throughout the municipality for the 2010 Municipal Election.
One of the more interesting recomendations was
The V2V Task Force recommends for the 2014 Municipal Elections that the City of Cambridge prepare and examine the possibility of integrating Internet, telephone and wireless electronic voting with our traditional method of paper ballots at local polling stations. This system will allow the citizens of Cambridge the flexibility of Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace, Anyway voting. These concepts will engage those potential voters who receive and respond to events in a digital form, internet, telephone and wireless electronic voting provides the opportunity to increase voter engagement. The establishment of these technologies would be in addition to the City’s poll based voting providing electors with an option as to how they chose to cast their ballots. It is anticipated that applying these options wouldfurther increase voter engagement during Municipal Elections.
What are your thoughts on this?