Elec­tions Canada to look into elec­tronic bal­lots

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Elec­tions Canada is ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial of an elec­tronic bal­lot de­liv­ery sys­tem to speed up the process for absentee vot­ers. The agency is ask­ing for feed­back from po­ten­tial sup­pli­ers on how to de­sign a sys­tem that would al­low vot­ers who are un­able to vote on elec­tion day or in ad­vance polls to down­load and print a bal­lot — in­stead of wait­ing for one to show up in the mail. That would in­clude peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, in the mil­i­tary, away from home or be­hind bars, as well as any­one who does not want to vote the reg­u­lar way. Elec­tions Canada is call­ing it a fact-find­ing ex­er­cise to get a sense of the technology that is out there, not­ing that the Canada Elec­tions Act would need to be amended be­fore any changes could ac­tu­ally take place.

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