Online voting to return for 2018 election

Apr 07, 2017 12:00 by Richard Vivian Cambridge Times

CAMBRIDGE — Residents will once again have the option of casting their votes online or via telephone during next year’s municipal election.

Council members, meeting at the general committee on Tuesday (April 4), approved the use of paper ballots as well as online and telephone voting. The election is set for Oct. 22, 2018.

Online and telephone voting will be allowed for three weeks ahead of election day — up from two weeks during the 2014 municipal contest — as well as on the official voting day.

During the 2014 election, about 20 per cent of Cambridge’s 25,577 voters cast their ballot online or through the telephone option.

City council must confirm the decision before it becomes official. The issue is expected to be part of the agenda on April 18.

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/7230196-online-voting-to-return-for-2018-election/

We need to pack City Hall on the 18th of April.. If this is allowed to pass ( again) you will see all voted back in..

IT’S UP TO YOU CAMBRIDGE.. TIME TO TAKE BACK YOUR CITY?

With so much controversy regarding internet voting, why would your elected officials insist on using it for

our Election? There is only one answer to that question..

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4 Responses to Online voting to return for 2018 election

  1. Declan_elliott3@hotmail.com'
    Declan April 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    It’s not enough to pack chambers. If you have something to say in support or opposition then be a delegate. Council doesn’t care how many people are there. Bring them something intelligent to hear that might change their minds. Ask people who know what they are talking about to appear as delegates because this only spreads to other municipalities.

  2. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie Smith April 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Declan – yes you are correct. So we will try & get informed speakers but I am not a speaker so will just help to fill up the Hall. Quiet bodies are good!!
    If you know anyone that would be willing to speak – please have them do so. It would be much appreciated.
    We definitely know now that Online voting can be fixed so it would be great to see RANKED VOTING get in. The P.C. Party is going to use it for the Party pick. Trudeau was to put it in but backed out. And London is contemplating RANKED VOTING. So have your friends SPEAK on Apr. 18th against online voting.

  3. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie Smith April 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Declan – also re informed speakers – we have had so many smart informed professional speakers in regard to the Sports Complex and reasons to NOT build on someone else’s property, but build Central, support Cambridge businesses and young people that could work at the Complex & even take the bus there while parents work. We have had SO MANY GOOD SPEAKERS WITH FACTS & the usual 4-5 brain dead Councillors won’t listen to the facts.
    Let’s hope that some of them have been listening & will finally support the people in CAMBRIDGE trying to make a living.
    When I surveyed Mall employees – they said when there is a soccer Tournament or Hockey – there is always an increase in business. So wake up Councillors. This is your City also. Help the Mall stay viable. Listen to the speakers that really do know more than you do.

    They could make you look good for a change.

  4. kefran@bell.net'
    r k April 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I agree with you both. We need to get back to basics…Online Voting can be ‘hacked’ and ‘rigged’ to favour the candidate in dishonest ways.
    We expect our Council to be open and honest and transparent…so what is wrong with going back to a paper ballot and hand counting???

    It not only the ONLY WAY it is the HONEST WAY.

    Email your Councillor and Mayor Craig and let him know your feelings on this.
    Let your friends and neighbours know your thoughts and feelings about this.

    After all, if we can’t truly scrutinize what is going on during our Municipal Election in 2018, how do we truly know if the right people are in council to represent us???

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