Leamington has become the first Canadian municipality to offer internet-only voting and joins the global community of voters in over 90% of all binding online elections worldwide to cast their vote online using Scytl Online Voting. The Online Voting platform will be used in the upcoming October 2014 municipal elections and will allow Leamington’s 17,000 voters to vote remotely and no longer need to go to a polling place or mail in their ballots.
While other Ontario municipalities have pioneered the use of internet voting in previous elections as one option an elector may choose to cast a ballot, Leamington is the first Canadian municipality to adopt online-only voting for its residents. With many more municipalities adopting and exploring online voting technology as a sole or additional channel to improve accessibility and convenience and reduce costs, the number of citizens across Canada that will leverage online voting will see significant growth in the upcoming months.
Mayor John Paterson says, “I am excited that voters in Leamington will be casting their votes in this October’s municipal election using the Internet. This voting method will be more convenient and more accessible for our residents and less expensive than previous municipal elections. We are also pleased we will be working with Scytl, whose secure internet voting system has been used successfully in several countries around the world.”