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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ontario man allegedly uses multiple PIN codes to vote multiple times

“Wasn't he sweet?” said Yossarian. “Maybe they should give him three votes.” - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Ontario Provincial Police allege Peter Byvelds, 60, cast more than one vote in the Township of South Dundas' municipal election on Oct. 25. Police said he used the "pin" code of others to cast extra online votes, but did not disclose how many times he voted.

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[Steven] Byvelds [cousin of Peter Byvelds] beat out four other candidates to become mayor, garnering 433 more votes than his nearest rival. He said it would be up to the township's chief returning officer to decide whether the charges call the election results into dispute.

South Dundas was one of several eastern Ontario municipalities to use a mix of internet and telephone voting during its election.

CBC News - Ont. man cast more than one vote in election: OPP - March 8, 2011

So now we have the cost of an investigation, and doubt is cast on the election.

But remember, Internet voting is cheap and easy!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the catastrophic risk municipalities expose themselves to with this technology.

Or, as they say: “The municipalities are perhaps naive about the amount of risk they’re assuming,” warned ... the PaperVoteCanada.ca blog (The Hill Times, February 1, 2010).

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