Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie says in a city that embraces technology, supports every effort to be more accessible, and touts how progressive we are, this is a step backwards.
He was criticizing the seven City councilors, who voted against on-line voting in the next municipal election.
He’s taken to Twitter to urge an e-mail campaign, to persuade at least a couple of those councilors to change their minds.
Guthrie says in the last election, 12,800 ballots, or 33-percent of the vote, was done online. He also says there is no evidence of any fraudulent activity that took place in the electronic voting during the last election.
But some councilors are concerned about the security of the vote, should there be a recount. Councilor Karl Wettstein is also worried about confidence in the internet, although he admits there is little evidence of international fraud.
Councilors vote on the matter again at the end of the month, when the committee’s action is ratified by council.