Online voting isn’t as secure as city wants us to think

By  | February 22, 2018 | 12 Comments | Filed under: uncategorized

Opinion 01:28 PM Cambridge Times

Online voting. The wave of the future. Getting more people to vote. Cheaper.

We have heard many positions politicians have taken on this subject. Is it secure and trustworthy? No, it is not.

So why then is Guelph returning to paper ballots and Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, has refused to use online voting due to the risks?

Why does Mayor Doug Craig and council still want to push Cambridge into using it?

We saw the mess Cambridge city hall did to us in the 2010 elections. Online voting drew similar numbers in 2014.

Andrew Lupton of CBC news, on Feb. 15, reported of hacks and risk of online voting, and that vote stealing risks are real.

Why then was Cambridge just hacked a few days ago? A test?

Of course, our city hall and the mayor will tell us nothing was stolen and we now have it secured.

Who do they think they are kidding? Aleksander Essex, a cybersecurity expert, has come out and stated that municipal sites are easily hacked.

Vote stealing is a simple one step move. There is a reason our council and mayor wants online voting. Of course, city hall will come out and tell us everything is fine. Trust us! I for one would trust them if they would just return us to the safest most secure method of voting we deserve.

Paper ballots!

Sure, it’s a bit slower, but you have proof of a vote with physical evidence. I will support online voting in any election, only when it’s found to be secure. Millions of people gave their lives for democracy and the right to vote freely and safely; should we ignore their sacrifices by putting our franchise at risk?

For those that don’t find the time to go to an advanced poll or cast a ballot on election day, maybe it’s time you tried. There is plenty of time left to call city hall 519-623-1340 and leave a message for your council member or the mayor that you want “secure voting” with paper ballots. One minute well spent for peace of mind.

I was told years ago that there is none more desperate a person than a politician seeking re-election. Doing the right things is not always the easiest path to follow, but it’s the most rewarding.



12 Responses to Online voting isn’t as secure as city wants us to think

  1. T J T February 22, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    First let me say that is a very good Letter to the Editor Mr. Vann. Very carefully thought out and lots of good points raised for people to think about.
    We all must remember that the Election is over 7 months away and people need to get vocal and let their Councillor know that they do not want their Democratic right compromised over the internet.

    Even though Council voted for this CRAZY way to vote because they THOUGHT it would give them more voter turnout.. PEOPLE NEED TO BE MADE aware that there is NO WAY to tell WHERE YOUR VOTE ACTUALLY ENDED UP..

    Who knows it could possibly have ended up for the PERSON you DON’T want to see on CITY COUNCIL..

    Let me ask each and every one of you that read the comment on this site…If YOU WERE RUNNING FOR COUNCIL and the possibility was there that because of a “HACK” you did not get a SEAT on COUNCIL what would you say then

  2. Old Guy February 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I remember when you had to go to a POLLING STATION, produce your ID and tier VOTER REGISTRATION CARD and then waited until the person ahead of you was finished VOTING…WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT???? Don’t we still do that in FEDERAL and pROVINCIAL Elections?? And what about people that DO NOT have a COMPUTER what happens then??DO THEY NOT get to vote??

    Tom Vann February 22, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Old Guy, you can use the advanced polls. I remember in 2010 that I was so far ahead of Price and Adshade in polls they had to do something. They did and hundreds couldn’t vote. The clerk couldn’t even look me in the eyes at city hall. So would you trust them today? Not on your life. Does anyone really believe Shannon won in 14? The plan was to get into the West side and undermine it. Think I don’t know pal. Then the firemen burning my stolen signs an ex….. gave them. Trust them, not as far as I can pee. Have a nice weekend. I’m heading to Vegas in 2 weeks to blow my 300 bucks I saved. Ole’

    R Culham February 22, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Well done letter. lf they can’t see the problems with internet voting then there is more to the problem than internet voting. Your move Mr. Mayor.

  5. DETERMINED February 23, 2018 at 6:11 am

    And our move should be an OUTCRY to the MAYOR that internet voting is WRONG!! Go back to Paper Ballots..Make City Hall listen…Phone your Councillor, Phone City Hall and ask to speak to the MAYOR..Email these people, write Letters to The Editor and make people aware of the risks…Get the WORD OUT!!! Close the door on this type of VOTE for our CITY!!

  6. J February 23, 2018 at 7:47 am

    when is the election??

  7. Neu February 23, 2018 at 8:26 am

    What councillor? Who Mayor? Can talk to Mayor?

    Vincent Benjamin February 23, 2018 at 11:55 am

    You think of it Doug Craig and his council of clowns are very desperate to get re-elected. Their job performance is poor at best and the residents of Cambridge are getting angrier at Doug Craig. Because he has lost his mind and needs to give it up. So having online voting is a sure way to win the vote.

    Doug Craig narrow-minded supports can perform all sorts of tricky to ensure this clown gets re-elected again, and how would you ever prove that the vote was not hacked?

    Maybe Doug Craig knows some hackers and this is why he is all for online voting. Another reason is Doug Craig can get all of his seniors to vote online and trick them as these voters get confused very easily, then where would be the proof?

    Doug Craig is “NOT” to be trusted. He has screwed up the City of Cambridge and now he wants to sneak back in with online voting.

  9. Researcher February 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    When the Council Meeting was held back in April 2017 and on the agenda the Council was going to pass whether or not to allow online voting in the 2018 Municipal Election, there was some discussion on the topic.
    A delegate came forward and had actually done some research regarding the online voting.
    One of the points that was brought up and said to this Council was the fact that online voting challenges the integrity, verifiability and secrecy of voting.
    It was brought up that when voting from hom one cannot prove the vote has been free of intimidation or coercion.
    It was also stated that if is difficult if no impossible to ensure that the individual casting the boost is really who they say they are.
    As for the secrecy component the point made there was the fact the someone could ‘intercept’ a voter’s choice of the candidate and the voter would not know whether or not his vote has been ‘tampered’ with.
    Since elections are our franchise and the basis of our democracy, nothing should be left to chance when electing our leaders. We as citizens need to be able to verify that the people we have chosen to represent us really did get our vote.
    By voting online you are leaving all this to ‘chance.’ Do you really want to do this?

    Boo Boo February 23, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    A council member getting a Price bump is also an injustice. I want this street in my ward. Fixing the voters. So do you really trust these people at city hall? Karma comes back to bite bad people motives.

    • Quick Draw February 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Chomp, Chomp, Chomp

    Citizen February 23, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Everyone in Cambridge received their ACTIVITIES GUIDE this week.
    In it is emails/phone #s for the Mayor & all Councillors.
    If you agree with this letter please call or email your Councillor & copy to all so it cannot be ignored.
    Take the time to make your choice known. There has been too much proof that voting sites can definitely be hacked.
    Stand up for your right to have your vote go to the person you want it to go to!
    Paper Ballots only. Ranked voting was suggested but our Mayor turned it down.
    Act Now. Election is October 10th.

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