Strathcona County shelves online vote for 2013

EDMONTON – Strathcona County residents won’t be able to cast their ballots online in October’s civic election.

Strathcona County council learned Tuesday that Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths would not make changes to legislation to allow online voting in October’s civic election, after St. Albert and Edmonton city councils last month defeated proposals for Internet voting.

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Okotoks and Foothills back in federal riding

Voters can expect few changes in the foothills area once new riding boundaries come into effect for the next federal election.

The Macleod riding could get a new name and be a little smaller if the report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Alberta is approved, but it will not sever the riding in two as considered in an earlier proposal.

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City council eyes Internet election voting

AIRDRIE – Airdrie residents may have the option of voting via the Internet in the future, but whether or not they can in the next election is yet to be decided.

On Monday night, council was presented with information about the potential use of the online system, which is used worldwide and currently being piloted in Edmonton, Strathcona County and St. Albert in their 2013 elections.

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Online voting for Edmonton elections gaining support

At least one city councillor is ready to support a proposal to allow Internet voting in next October’s civic election.

That proposal will hit council’s desk Wednesday and could see Edmontonians voting with the click of a mouse in the future.

“I like anything that can get people motivated to vote,” said Coun. Kerry Diotte. “I’ll certainly listen to any questions and concerns but I’m happy to see this move forward.”

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One more go at ward system

Councillors Frank Wong, Buck Buchanan and Chris Stephan want to give Red Deerians the chance to decide if they want to stay with an at-large election system or go to ward voting.

On Monday, the three councillors will introduce a motion about switching to electoral wards from an at-large election. If endorsed by council, the proposal would to be put to a plebiscite on the Red Deer municipal ballot on Oct. 21.

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Area politicians unhappy with potential riding

The mayor of Taber doesn’t mince his words when reacting to a plan to rearrange federal electoral districts in southern Alberta.
“This thing is nasty,” said Ray Bryant. “Looking at the Medicine Hat constituency and tying in everything to the south all the way right to Waterton, it’s nasty looking for someone to be responsible for that area.”
On Wednesday the Federal Electoral Boundary Commission tabled its final proposal to redraw voting districts to add six seats in Alberta. The revised plan would add Cardston Ñ close to a four-hour drive from Medicine Hat Ñ and areas south of Lethbridge to the local riding.


Red Deer split into two ridings

The City of Red Deer will be split into two new federal constituencies.

Using Ross Street and the Red Deer River as a boundary, the new ridings will be Red Deer-Mountain View to the south and Red Deer-Wolf Creek to the north, according to a Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta final report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.


Spy Hill is out: Tweaks will give Calgary’s federal ridings new names, boundaries

Unless local members of Parliament object, Calgarians should get used to a list of more memorable names for federal ridings, including Calgary Signal Hill, Calgary Midnapore and Calgary Skyview.

After spending the fall listening to public concerns about proposed constituency changes, the final report from Alberta’s federal electoral boundaries commission was released Wednesday with only a few tweaks.

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