Wednesday, May 11, 2016
online voting - get ready to provide evidence
On May 11, 2016 the Government of Canada gave notice of its proposal to create an All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform.
The Government has also asked that the committee consider the issues of mandatory voting and online voting.The government is proposing that five principles guide the parliamentary committee's study, of which the most relevant for the purposes of this blog is
4. Safeguarding the integrity of our voting process.The timing is tight to produce a comprehensive report.
The Government is proposing that the special all-party committee issue its final report to Parliament by December 1, 2016.from News Release - Government of Canada proposes All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform and Democratic Institutions - Frequently Asked Questions.
Online and in-person consultation hearings are proposed. I have asked (through my Twitter account) if there will be a specific hearing on online voting.
UPDATE 2016-06-30: Please see my blog post@CdnDemocracy Will there be a hearing specifically about online voting?— Richard Akerman (@papervote) May 11, 2016
Sources of information are
- Twitter: @CdnDemocracy
- Web: http://www.DemocraticInstitutions.gc.ca/
- Twitter: Minister of Democratic Institutions @MaryamMonsef
UPDATE 2016-06-24: The full committee membership has been announced and they have held their first meeting. I have listed all of the members with their contact information in #ERRE - Special Committee on Electoral Reform - membership
There has been no commitment to hold a specific hearing about online voting, @CdnDemocracy said only "the all-party parliamentary committee will be studying online voting" in response to my tweeted question.