All 5 councils of Prince Edward Island’s largest municipalities have now voted in favour of the choice of on-line voting for the subsequent municipal elections.
Summerside council was the final to vote, unanimously agreeing on Monday evening. The opposite municipalities that voted in favour have been Charlottetown, Three Rivers, Cornwall and Stratford.
“We’re blissful about it,” mentioned Norma McColeman, deputy mayor of Summerside. McColeman mentioned there’ll nonetheless be an choice for in-person voting.
“Some folks do want on-line voting, whereas, you already know, you might have some individuals who nonetheless want to do the in-person voting,” McColeman mentioned.
“So we felt that by having each obtainable, it actually covers that gamut for folks to have that alternative.”
‘It is progress’
Now that every one 5 of the municipalities have given the inexperienced mild, Elections P.E.I. can transfer ahead with subsequent steps.
Norma McColeman, deputy mayor of Summerside, mentioned in-person voting will nonetheless be an choice when on-line voting is in place. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)
That features a formal request for proposals to see if there’s a firm that may meet all the wants and necessities of the Municipal Authorities Act and work with the prevailing database programs at Elections P.E.I.
“The RFP course of will give the municipalities a clearer image whether or not or not the net part ought to/might be added to the subsequent municipal election based mostly on the extent of safety and prices,” mentioned Tim Garrity, chief electoral officer for Elections P.E.I., in an electronic mail to CBC.
“We hope that there shall be a profitable final result however notice that there’s an excessive amount of work to be achieved earlier than this turns into a actuality.”
McColeman mentioned Elections P.E.I. gave municipalities a breakdown of the approximate prices for implementing a web-based voting system, which she mentioned was about $100,000 all collectively.
Summerside council mentioned the choice of on-line voting for a good period of time, ensuring their resolution was aligned with what voters needed, mentioned McColeman.
“Many individuals immediately are on-line for thus many different various things. Many individuals do all of their banking and finding out on-line,” she mentioned.
“I consider that it is progress.”
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