Cambridge should reconsider online voting

By  | April 2, 2018 | 7 Comments | Filed under: uncategorized
Opinion10:11 AM Cambridge Times

I was at Cambridge council March 27 when, later in the session, a very well-spoken professor from Western University, Dr. Aleksander Essex, did a presentation against online voting.

He has a PhD in computer science and is very outspoken against cyber voting. Dr. Essex completed his PhD research on whether cyber voting would ever be safe from hacking. Given all the information, he advised there is no way even in the near or distant future that cyber-secured voting will ever be safe from hacking. I suspect he is the foremost authority in Canada on the subject.

Dr. Essex hit a chord with Mayor Doug Craig and city manager Gary Dyke with a reference to ‘Protect the Brand’, which inferred the city management did not disclose our previous hacking of city computer systems to protect the brand, or in an election year, their brand.

Ken Tuckey




City of Cambridge website hijacked by cryptocurrency miners




7 Responses to Cambridge should reconsider online voting

  1. RK April 2, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Well Mayor Craig needs to listen to the professionals and quit his own agenda.
    We need to be assured that we can have faith in the democratic right that we have.
    Love it that it was inferred that the city management did not disclose the hacking of the computer system
    What else does Mayor Craig, Gary Dyke and Michael Du Lillo want to hide.
    I think it’s time that the citizens of Cambridge find out

    Tom Vann April 2, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I now know of 2 people that will be running in the next election that have a high % of winning. One is 50/50 on running for mayor and the other in a Preston ward. After the provincial election is over I’m certain they both will declare. Everything is on the hush so as to not distract from their candidate. As for city hall watch for a human rights issue to pop up. Did anyone notice the cop car in the lot and another circling the block after the March 27th meeting?

    Tom Vann April 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Nice Ken.
    Not one single normal human could have come out of that meeting feeling good about online voting.

    They can tell who voted for who by your IP number. Doesn’t that scare anyone? Do you still trust this city hall in Cambridge?

    Ever wonder how the mayor and certain council people keep getting elected.

    Ever wonder why Cambridge has a bad reputation in this province?

    Ever wonder why Cambridge sits at or near the top in this province for complaints to the government watch dogs?

    I don’t trust most running this city as far as I can pee.

    Our city has been run into the ground and there is a gravestone coming if changes are not made.

    The bomb is soon to go off this election and all the info gathered, people in place and money waiting to go into informing the dead voters that bitch is exciting.

    We have the plan this year and no more talking. It’s time to DRAIN THE SWAMP!

    Just waiting to hand out all those copies of the police report that tells how city hall sent the cops to my door twice.
    Gotta show the people of Cambridge what we have downtown.

    Guess who gets the blame for it? Happy birthday Doug, Santa says hi.

  4. RKeffer April 3, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Ken, first I am so glad you wrote a letter to the Cambridge Times.
    I have also written a letter as well and I sure hope they publish that one.

    Last April, I came before Council to address the item that was on the agenda, namely, ‘Being a By-Law of the Corporation of the City of Cambridge to authorize the use of alternative voting methods for municipal elections’

    Cambridge was the first and only Municipality in the Region of Waterloo that used this hybrid voting system in the 2014 election.. I ask…Why…

    Why did Cambridge have to be the First in the Waterloo Region to implement telephone and electronic voting. When it comes to a vital Civil Right such as Voting this should never and I mean never go to a system that can be tampered with and where ‘hacking’ can occur.

    I did quote a CBC News report from September 8, 2015 where Jean-Pierre Kingsley who was the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada from 1900-2007 was quoted..’People want 100 percent assurance that this (voting) cannot be tampered with. He went on to say ‘I’m absolutely sure we’ll be able to find something, but at this stage, we’re not there yet.’ Mr. Kingsley is referencing the security and secrecy of electronic voting.

    Interestingly enough, Mr. Aleksander Essex, who drove up from London, Ontario to come before council and speak about Cybersecurity regarding both the ‘hack’ that occurred to the City Website on February 11, 2018 and as well about internet voting and how our Democratic Right can be ‘tampered’ with.

    Before he was allowed to speak, Council had to have a 2/3 vote so Mayor Craig asked for a recorded vote. Interestingly enough the vote was 7 -2 in favour of hearing what Mr. Essex had to say on the topic.

    The two people that voted against this was Mayor Doug Craig and Ward 1 Councillor Donna Reid..and after the vote was taken, you can hear Doug Craig say ‘I can’t believe it.’ Mr. Craig..maybe it’s time you let Council make their own decisions and not go around the horseshoe during the 2 minute recess.

    Aleksander was allowed to speak and he said that online voting security is a major concern to many Cities and Municipalities across Canada. The City of Toronto and even the City of Guelph were contemplating online voting for this election but after listening to the presentation by Mr. Essex they turned it down.

    If a city as large as Toronto is not keen on online voting, Why should Cambridge be so hyped to have online voting??

    I think every resident in this city that plans on exercising their Democratic Right on October 22, 2018 should send a message to City Hall…We want Paper Ballots..we want to be sure our vote counts because once the paper ballot in in the ballot box, it can’t multiply, or disappear!!

    Gary Worton April 3, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I find it truly amazing that our ‘elected’ leaders are prepared to spend thousands of our hard earned dollars on questionable consultants, who tell us that spending $3,000,000+ on a useless outdated dam (Riverside) and bridges to nowhere etc. are good for us. But when a fully qualified professor in the person of Dr. Aleksander Essex PhD, from Western University offers his services, free of charge, on the pitfalls of online voting, they sic the dogs on him. Absolutely disgraceful. Roll on election time!

    Maggie April 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Well said Ken. Excellent. At least the “Protect the Brand” puts colour into certain people’s cheeks. Probaby helped the BP as well.
    And with all the interest in listening to the Professor there should definitely be a re-consideration re online voting. How many articles to they need to read or hear before they wake up to the fact Internet voting is unreliable.

    R. Muise April 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I mentioned what went on at the meeting at lunch. People don’t like the mayor and present council.

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