On­line vot­ing back on ta­ble

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

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.

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