25
Jul
09

e-Rock the Vote!

Well, this is kind of strange.

Call me a traditionalist, but I like the idea of going to register to vote, and, on election day (or, in my case, advance polling day), walking in and presenting your card to the old Elections Canada gatekeeper of democracy, take your ballot, and walk up to the the cardboard paper box. In that temple of democracy, you mark your ballot, just like every other Canadian across the country.

Or… not. The dismal voter turnout numbers make me think twice about the traditionalist system.I am not concerned about hacking – I figure that if I can trust banking information online, I would assume that Elections Canada can divise a system by which we can securely cast our ballots.

This reminds me of something that I tried to do during my first council meeting as an exec – I tried to sue the federal govenment over bill C-38, An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Public Service Employees Act, which basically would make the ID requirements much more stingent. Concerned about the ability of students to provide adequete proof of residence, we considered joining as a petitioner to challange C-38 under the Charter.

Voter turnout amongst students is abysmal. We are one of the least engaged generations in history. I don’t agree with mandatory voting (for the country, for the AMS I think something else). However, if something would make voting easier for the Millennials, I’m all for it. 

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2 Responses to “e-Rock the Vote!”


  1. July 27, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Online Voting is a Hoax! “Online voting” sounds like an amazing idea. Will the voting online be an answer to the problem of voter apathy? The Ontario College of Teachers tried internet online voting with their Elections. The Teachers Unions not only sent out lists of endorsed candidates they even had union members available to help their members vote for the right person. Over 96 percent of the teachers said enough was enough in the last Ontario College of Teachers Election. Less then 3% of the teachers in the province voted. In the last federal election 58 percent voted, that sounds a lot better then 3%. Electronic voting is a sham!

  2. 2 radicalbeer
    July 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    But that’s comparing two different things. Online voting I’m sure helps turnout at the AMS level, and to say that the turnout in a federal election is going to drop to the level of a union ballot is probably not accurate. I’d prefer to see the delta turnout between the last several elections in that organization, rather than compare it to federal levels.


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