Two votes for one person?
It's possible for people in the Halifax Regional Municipality who have received two e-voting cards, or those of family and friends who have died or moved away.
At least three CBC employees could cast a second ballot in the municipal election this month, if they were prepared to break the law.
Council should scrap plans announced two weeks ago to utilize electronic voting in the November municipal election, a potential candidate argued Monday night.
Pat Grant, who has had previous experience running for office, told the regular meeting of Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Township council that its April 4 decision to add electronic and telephone balloting this year while reducing polling stations was made with undue haste.
Further, she said council failed to consult with the people who are supposed to use the new system and she worries there has been a disregard for security concerns.
Grant said she "could go on for hours and hours" citing studies and expert opinions that point out the security failings of Internet voting.
Instead, she was allowed 10 minutes to make her case and referred to studies at McGill University, a 2005 commission chaired by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and others to support her contention that the technology is easily open to breaching.
"If it was so wonderful, the feds would be doing it and Elections Canada would have set standards," said Grant.
Further, she questioned council's selection of a two-year-old company based in Nova Scotia with no experience in Ontario to introduce the voting option.
She wondered how and where the voting lists and other information would be stored and reiterated her misgivings about the entire procedure.
"The Internet is inherently insecure and there's no institutional security at worksite computers (where people may vote)," said Grant.