In a small sampling of Doppler readers, the majority indicated that they agree with council’s decision (still to be ratified) to use internet and telephone voting for the next municipal election.
Of the respondents, 52 per cent chose internet and telephone voting, 38 per cent want to see a return to traditional voting at polling stations, and just 10 per cent prefer to continue with the vote-by-mail method used in the 2014 election.
Those in favour of internet and telephone voting gave as their reasons: it’s convenient; it’s accessible to all voters (almost everyone has access to either internet or a phone); it would encourage more people to vote, particularly young people; it removes the issue of distance for people who are away; it uses new technology; and it would likely cost less.
Some people can’t get to the polling stations. Some people find it a hassle and won’t go to vote. As long as there is a way to make sure people only get one vote, no cheating.
While no method is without issues, voting by mail appears to be the option that best balances security concerns with convenience for all eligible voters.
Respondents who want to return to traditional polling stations presented security as their primary reason for their choice, along with accountability and verifiability; and its inclusive nature for those not comfortable with technology.
It has been well demonstrated that the internet can, has and will be “hacked” so there will always be a privacy and reliability concern. At least with the traditional voting method you have to present yourself so there should be no question of someone else voting for you, and would also prevent fraud i.e. dead people voting, etc.
One respondent added: “voting is a privilege that should be exercised.” We couldn’t agree more.[Note: this is an informal poll; responses may be skewed by the online nature of the survey.]
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