Online voting suggestion from St. John's mayor draws mixed response
Dennis O'Keefe floats idea he hopes will raise voter turn out.
The outgoing mayor of St. John's says online voting might be one way to address chronically low participation in the capital city's municipal elections.
While Dennis O'Keefe said he believes mail-in ballots likely increased the turnout, he'd like to give residents another option.
"I'd go one step further to online voting … to get more voters," he said.
Would online voting be a better for St. John's municipal election? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash">#cbcnl</a>—@CBCMarkQuinn
On social media people responded both positively and negatively to that idea
Young people want the convenience of voting on line and not waste their time in a line up to vote—@wrbennettnl
Absolutely NOT! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Onlinevoting?src=hash">#Onlinevoting</a> not transparent. Not <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/secure?src=hash">#secure</a>. Easy to rig/hack. Allows people to vote multiple times. No way to audit. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash">#cbcnl</a>—@count_the_vote
Newfoundland and Labrador's privacy commissioner believes online voting is inevitable but warns it must be done properly.
"You want to ensure that the technology is implemented in such a way that your anonymity is preserved but also that the votes are verifiable. We don't want people casting 100 votes because they have hacked the system," said Donovan Molloy.
St. John's residents can still drop off ballots at city hall, or vote there in person or at a station in their ward, on election day — Tuesday, September 26.