Online voting could become a thing of the past if Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison has anything to do with it.
Aitchison said he is frustrated with repeated problems associated with online voting and would prefer to see the exercise discarded entirely.
“I don’t think we should do online elections again. I wasn’t really excited about doing it this time, but council thought it would make sense. I just think that there are more effective ways to make sure that people who don’t live here full-time have an opportunity to vote, without using an online system,” he said, adding that the municipality has tried two different companies “and they’ve both failed us, frankly.”
He said his level of frustration is at a point where he does not believe the company used to carry out online elections last month should be paid in full.
“I don’t know if we’ve paid the entire bill to Dominion but I certainly wouldn’t support paying it because they didn’t deliver what they promised they could,” said Aitchison.
Problems with the online voting system during municipal elections last month resulted in some municipalities having to extend voting by a day. There were a myriad of complaints including reports that the system had slowed to a crawl— logging many would-be voters out, while others complained of spending hours unsuccessfully trying to vote on Election Day. There were also concerns about security, while others complained that they were able to vote for the mayor but were kicked out of the system when they tried to vote for councillors. About 51 municipalities were impacted across Ontario; all of them were using Dominion Voting, including municipalities throughout Muskoka.
At the time, Dominon Voting issued a statement blaming the problem on a Toronto-based co-location Internet provider for placing a limit on traffic.
I personally am done with it. I don’t think that we should do it ever again and that’s what I’ll be arguing at council when the discussion comes up Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison regarding online voting
Town staff have remained tight-lipped about what many consider an election fiasco; questions posed by Doppler about whether the company used for online elections had been fully paid or whether a full debriefing had taken place, went unanswered. Huntsville CAO Denise Corry did issue the following statement via email: “Municipal Clerks are meeting to further discuss the matter. A joint Election Report (with the other five Muskoka municipalities) will be provided in the new year providing a full overview of the election and the events that occurred.”
Unauthorized traffic limit by Toronto-based Internet co-locator blamed for yesterday’s voting glitch
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