Carleton Place council announced last night that they will be arranging to use electronic voting for the 2018 municipal election.
This means citizens can vote from the comfort of their homes or on-the-go by using an internet service like Simply Voting Inc. or Intelivote Inc. Council has yet to choose which service it will use.
Traditional paper balloting will still be available as an alternative for people who don’t want to vote through the internet. Council specified that paper balloting will be offered to residents of the four senior homes in Carleton Place.
The Municipal Elections Modernization Act requires municipalities to prepare accessibility plans to identify, remove and prevent any barriers that could affect electors and candidates with disabilities to make sure that anyone who wants to vote via the internet actually can.
Arnprior, Mississippi Mills and Tay Valley also plan to use internet voting in the upcoming election. Paper ballots with electronic tabulators were used during the last municipal election in Carleton Place.