Guelph City Council approved the use of Internet voting as an alternative voting method in the 2014 Municipal Election during the advance voting period to make municipal voting more convenient and accessible to Guelph voters. Greater civic participation, which includes voting in municipal elections, allows the City to better reflect and serve the community.
Voters will be able to cast their ballot online from October 7 to 24, 2014.
Compared to other alternative voting options, Internet voting has the greatest potential to engage new voters when offered in addition to traditional voting places.
Best practices and academic research confirms it poses the least amount of risk and greatest benefits compared to other alternative voting methods. The most compelling of these benefits are greater accessibility and convenience for Guelph voters.
There’s community support. Recent public opinion research revealed a greater number of Guelph electors are more likely to vote using Internet voting (48 per cent) than traditional paper ballots (40 per cent).