Local Government Elections - Online Voting

Year
2011
Category
Elections
NCLGA Ref#
B27
UBCM Ref#
A2

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS Local Government Act Division 9 – Voting Opportunities does not allow the ability to offer online voting to electors in Local Government elections;

AND WHEREAS this additional service provision would assist the general population especially the elderly, disabled, snowbirds, and those working in camp, to participate in the democratic process;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM request the Province of BC to initiate the policy analysis and legislative changes required to allow the option of online voting for the 2014 Local Government Election.

Additional Information

UBCM Comments:

The UBCM Membership endorsed resolution 2000-B13, which requested that the Provincial Government amend the Local Government Act to enable local governments to use the Internet for voting purposes. At the time, the Province indicated that it was “committed to investigating alternative methods of voting that would provide greater choice to local governments while ensuring the integrity of the voting process”, and that a review by Provincial staff was already underway.

More recently, the UBCM Executive met with the Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development in January 2011 and the Minister advised that she had received letters from some UBCM members requesting that electronic voting be instituted for the 2011 local government elections. She indicated that while the Ministry was looking into e-voting options, there were a number of challenges that still needed to be worked out (i.e. security, voter identification) and as a result it was not something that could be ready for 2011. She also noted that beyond the technological challenges, there would also need to be legislative amendments made before electronic voting could be permitted.