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June 1 to 4, 2014 Edmonton, Alberta. Conference factoids This year’s theme was Creating Possibilities: Igniting Transformative Solutions There were six.

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1 June 1 to 4, 2014 Edmonton, Alberta

2 Conference factoids This year’s theme was Creating Possibilities: Igniting Transformative Solutions There were six sub-themes: Aboriginal Communities in Canada Leveraging Diversity to Drive Healthy Solutions The 21rst Century City Environmental Renewal and Environmental Wrath Security and Community Resilience Social Entrepreneurship to Societal Benefit

3 Conference factoids I volunteered as a member of the Twitter Team, a group of people who tweeted updates from each session There were a large number of off-site tours that people could attend, including a tour of Housing First facilities, the North Saskatchewan River Valley Walk, and the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre

4 Area of Focus: Internet Voting Laura Kennedy, the City of Edmonton’s Director of Elections and Census, discussed the City’s 2012 test of internet voting Brigitte Sobush, the Deputy City Clerk of Sudbury, and Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer of Elections BC, shared their own impressions about Internet voting In Winnipeg, there is currently no Internet voting, though the City says they are using online tools

5 Sudbury City tried different techniques of voter engagement for 2014 municipal and school board election Included advance Internet vote (from home, work, university, or vacation) by computer, smart phone or tablet Used similar security protocols to online banking and business transactions Voters with disabilities could use their own adaptive software Source: Brigitte Sobush (Deputy City Clerk, City of Greater Sudbury), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

6 Sudbury: How It Works Election day is October 27, 2014 People can participate in an advance Internet vote from 8 a.m. on October 14, 2014 to October 24, 2014 Traditional paper ballot voting (advance) on a Saturday (October 18, 2014) at five locations in greater Sudbury They could also vote during the advance voting period on the Election Bus, a mobile voting location that made the rounds throughout the City of Greater Sudbury, including malls and high schools Source: Brigitte Sobush (Deputy City Clerk, City of Greater Sudbury), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

7 Sudbury Election Bus Source: Brigitte Sobush (Deputy City Clerk, City of Greater Sudbury), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

8 Sudbury: How It Works Voters have the choice of voting at any location on Election Day. How is this possible? Use of electronic voters list Quick voter registration using bar code scanners Ballot on demand printing Unique types of voter engagement, like campus voter registration and directing people to voterlookup.ca, where you can make sure you’re registered to vote Source: Brigitte Sobush (Deputy City Clerk, City of Greater Sudbury), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

9 Sudbury: How It Works Source: Brigitte Sobush (Deputy City Clerk, City of Greater Sudbury), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

10 British Columbia In 2011, Vancouver requested permission to use Internet Voting (which the government did not support) In 2012, the Minister of Justice invited the Chief Electoral Officer to put together a panel The panel reviewed literature, case studies, interviewed experts, interviewed vendors, consulted with the public and drafted recommendations, before issuing a final report The panel looked at Internet voting from a remote site, as opposed to a kiosk Source: Keith Archer (Chief Electoral Officer, Elections British Columbia), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

11 British Columbia: Advantages? Increase Voter turnout? Common rationale is that it will increase turnout, especially youth, but data did not support this Increase Accessibility? There is the use of mail-in ballots in British Columbia, but it accounts for less than 1% of voters BC has generous voting accessibility practices Improve speed and accuracy of results? Current model shows high level of accuracy Source: Keith Archer (Chief Electoral Officer, Elections British Columbia), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

12 British Columbia: Advantages? Cost savings? Most jurisdictions using Internet voting do it as an additional channel, pilots can be costly Reduce voter errors when casting ballot? British Columbia has less than 1 per cent of ballots rejected, with some likely intentionally spoiled Requires fewer resources of parties and candidates? Current model is labour intensive, but Internet voting requires scrutineers and auditors, as well Greener option? More current practice? Source: Keith Archer (Chief Electoral Officer, Elections British Columbia), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

13 British Columbia: Challenges? Security? Phishing, not in control of election administration, there could be remote intrusion or denial of service at election server Compromised election results? Limited vendors, so security breach can spread Possible hacker outside jurisdiction Authentication and ballot anonymity? Issue of authentication credential for internet voting Public trust, cost, and secrecy of the ballot? Source: Keith Archer (Chief Electoral Officer, Elections British Columbia), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

14 British Columbia: Conclusions Most significant benefit of Internet voting is enhanced accessibility, but there are challenges with security, authentication, transparency, and ability to audit Internet voting systems Internet voting doesn’t guarantee higher turnout or an increased youth vote Public education about Internet voting is key Panel recommended NOT to implement universal Internet voting, and when introduced, to take a province-wide approach. Also recommended a technical committee help any jurisdictions implement its use. Source: Keith Archer (Chief Electoral Officer, Elections British Columbia), Internet Voting: Yea or Nay? Presentation, Institute of Public Administration of Canada 66 th Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 3, 2014.

15 Thank you What a wonderful learning experience!


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