Paper ballot a pursuable promise

 

Past technical glitches and promises made during the last municipal election prompted South Dundas council to put off making a decision about the voting method for the 2014 municipal election.

South Dundas clerk Brenda Brunt brought a report to South Dundas council at the May 21 meeting recommending that council approve an alternate voting method of internet/telephone voting for the 2014 municipal election.

The telephone/internet voting method has been used in the last three municipal elections with much success when measured by voter turnout which has been outstanding at over 50 percent.

This alternate method has been used without offering a paper ballot option, one that council perceives is wanted by some South Dundas voters.

Referring to the technical glitches that meant voting hours were extended in South Dundas, South Dundas councillor Jim Graham said, “The last election left a bad taste.” He explained that during the last election, he was asked to support paper ballots in the next election, so he said he would not support this staff recommendation, as presented.

He asked that staff gather some information and costs regarding an option that would include the opportunity for a paper ballot.

“During the debate nights I said I would support paper ballots, and I’m sticking with that,” said South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde.

Although the voter turnout numbers and convenience of telephone/internet voting are appealing to South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan, he too agreed that the inclusion of a paper ballot opportunity does need to be examined. Council unanimously agreed to defer their decision on the matter while staff explores the option of including a paper ballot.

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