Edmonton council defeats proposal for Internet voting this fall

EDMONTON – City council turned down a proposal Wednesday to allow Internet voting in for advanced ballots in October’s civic election.

Although staff insisted the system had been extensively tested over the past year, including a mock “jelly bean” election and study by a citizen jury, councillors were worried the electronic ballots could be infiltrated.

“The fact is, if major banks can be hacked, what’s guaranteeing our voting system wouldn’t be hacked?” Coun. Kerry Diotte asked.

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