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Friday, September 17, 2004

join in

I just want to let people know, I am inviting collaboration both for this blog and for organizing Canadians to oppose electronic and Internet voting.

If you're interested in either or both of these possibilities, please send me an email.

For the blog, it's mainly locating and posting stories about e-voting issues, particularly any that have a Canadian element.

For organizing, it's basically getting a anti-evote group together that can present compelling arguments drawing both on common sense, technical expertise, and examples of problems encountered with systems in Canada and worldwide. We need to target all levels of Canadian government and make sure that our representatives are aware of the problems with these systems, as well as making the Canadian public aware of what is going on.

We also need to forge alliances with Canadian groups that might be concerned about this area, e.g. Electronic Frontier Canada and IEEE Canada, as well as with the current well-organized US groups that are fighting e-voting there. There is also the possibility of working with groups that have similar, although not completely aligned interests. For example, there is a thing called FairVote Canada which is about proportional representation. I presonally don't think proportional representation is a good idea, but some of their members may also be concerned about e-voting. As well, the independent or alternative media and organizations may be interested in this issue, e.g. ontario.indymedia.org

Now if someone knows of an organization in Canada that is ALREADY working on the e-vote issue, I would be more than happy to join up with them.

I am planning on publishing a story to indymedia today, unless someone else wants to do it first.

UPDATE: I posted the story electronic voting in Ontario Sept-2004 to ontario.indymedia.ca

UPDATE 2016-09-05: As of September 2016 the current most active issues related to online voting in Canada are

Comments:
Hi Richard.

You should consider joining all the political parties and passing your message through their internal workings.

I already belong to two - if you would like I could investigate a bit what some of the party positions on this are.

Some would say that belonging to more than one party is wrong since you couldn't possibly actually subscribe to the views of more than one party. I think that in Canada we have no way of voting for Prime Minister other than belonging to the pary of the victor so If you want to vote for prime minister you have to belong to any party you think might win.

There is one Liberal party for the country and provinces - this may be the best bang for your membership buck since you can have a voice in every province as well as federally for one membership fee. The Conservatives have one party per province plus the country. The NDP is set up similar to the Conservatives. The Green Party seems to be a bit tighter than the Conservatives and NDP, but not as tight as the Liberals.

Also you could talk to your local MP/MLA and tell them your concern and ask if they know of an organization that is worried about this. The Privacy commision may be interested/ know of interested people.
 
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