Online voting back on table
The argument for online voting is an argument for good democracy.
That’s what Hamilton City Councillor Angela O’Leary said after a possible online voting trial was quashed at a recent council meeting.
She was disappointed, but has already collected councillors’ signatures to make a notice of motion, which forces the idea to be tabled at the next council meeting.
Councillors Paula Southgate, Siggi Henri, Rob Pascoe and Mark Bunting were the signatories who wanted the online voting trial to be considered.
‘‘I’m not going in with a new argument,’’ O’Leary said.
‘‘I’m going with the same argument, which is that effective democracy needs to, and must, go where the people are, and people are now also online, and good democracy is acknowledging that.’’
When her motion was voted down, councillors who voted against it were concerned about the costings, which were estimated at $85,000 to $150,000, which O’Leary said she had made clear in the new motion which will be put before council soon.
Councillor Angela O’Leary.