Intelivote Systems Inc.

Intelivote Systems Inc.

September 13, 2010 16:46 ET

Record Number of Ontario Municipalities to Use Internet and Telephone Voting for 2010 Municipal Elections

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2010) - Hundreds of thousands of Ontario voters will be able to participate in their 2010 Municipal Elections by casting their ballots using the Internet, their phone or wireless devices from locations across the province, the country, or anywhere in the world they may happen to be during the election period.

Currently 44 municipalities, ranging from small townships to large cities, and representing close to 800,000 voters, have contracted to have their election conducted using electronic voting. In 2006, the last time municipal elections took place in Ontario, 19 municipalities made use of e-voting.

Almost 80% of the municipalities offering online voting to their eligible electors have selected Nova Scotia based Intelivote Systems Inc. to provide voting services to their electorate.

Intelivote's President, Dean Smith said municipalities quote a variety of reasons e-voting was selected as their solution for this election.

"I would say the new accessibility legislation, which came into effect in January, was a contributing factor, as was the opportunity to address decreasing participation rates. I know many of our clients also appreciate the fact that our solution seamlessly integrates with paper balloting and some of them are offering paper ballots in addition to electronic balloting," noted Smith.

Voters are mailed a personal identification number and require this number and, in some instances other detailed information, as credentials to cast their ballots electronically. In some municipalities a voter can choose whether to cast a traditional paper ballot at a polling location or simply use a phone, or a PC and the internet, and vote from anywhere over the voting period. In municipalities where paper polling is an option, municipal election officials have reduced the number of polling locations by 75 to 80 percent.

Smith notes most of the municipalities who use the service save money over traditional election costs and reduced staffing requirements and immediate, auditable election results, are significant benefits often cited by election officials. 

"If you consider regular voters who are challenged each day with busy schedules, students away at school, disabled voters or shut-ins, military personnel on active duty, snowbirds, and business travelers," Smith says, "it is obvious why many municipalities are offering e-voting options to enfranchise their busy or absent voters."

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