Will online voting attract more municipal voters to PEI?

voters of Charlottetown, Three Rivers, Cornwall, Stratford and summerside Thus in 2022 one can get the opportunity to choose his mayor as well as the members of his city council through the internet.

summerside The online voting in late June was the most recent municipality to approve the project.

Yvonne Grenier, a political scientist at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, believes the option of online voting could change the face of voters.

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According to Yvonne Grenier, a political scientist at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, easy access to the virtual ballot should attract citizens who were previously unwilling to participate in the election.

In all elections in the country, the people who will generally be avoided are young people, some minorities, people who are disadvantaged in some way or the other, people who are less affluent.

A quote from:Yvonne Grenier, political scientist

He said that this group of voters can prove to be a game changer in the next elections.

It is not easy, as the party which always wins in municipal elections, remains the least abstaining party., he adds.

For other groups of voters, voting in person will always be popular. Let’s say that for wealthy people, for example the elderly, it probably won’t significantly change their participation rate., says Yvonne Grenier.

Norma McColman.

Norma McColman, Pro-Mayor of Summerside (Archives)

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vote in person

Norma McColmanThe Acting Mayor of Summerside was pleased with the project’s approval.

According to him, though the option of online voting will be offered, in-person voting will still be possible.

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So we thought that by offering both possibilities people might have a choice.explain, Norma McColman.

next steps

Elections Prince Edward Island will now have to choose a company that can implement the online voting system.

A call for proposals will be issued to select a company which can fulfill all the requirements and requirements of the Municipal Government Act.

The chosen company will have to develop its platform using the database of Elections Prince Edward Island.

Tim Garrity.

According to Tim Garrity, Chief Electoral Officer for Prince Edward Island, the process of evaluating business proposals will give municipalities an opportunity to make informed choices.

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in an email sent to CBC, Tim GarrityThe Chief Electoral Officer of Prince Edward Island explains that the proposal evaluation process will allow municipalities to understand the advantages and disadvantages of implementing the project.

This process will give a clear idea of ​​whether or not to add an online component in the next municipal election, especially depending on the level of security and cost.

A quote from:Prince Edward Island’s Chief Electoral Officer Tim Garrity

Tim Garrity The implementation of such a project is said to represent additional efforts to organize elections.

We hope that this will have a positive outcome, but we feel that there is a lot of work to be done before it becomes a reality., he told.

According to Norma McColmanThe cost of implementing an online voting system is estimated to be around $100,000.

The next municipal election on the island will be held in November 2022.

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