Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Minister Monsef's statement about online voting July 6, 2016

... social media. as that is how many Canadians, especially those under 45, interact and carry on discussions.
In 2016 Facebook, Twitter and similar platforms are not a frivolous novelty but a primary tool to engage with each other and with private and public institutions, and an important resource we can’t overlook.

With that in mind, it is important that the committee will also duly consider other reforms noted in the motion – online voting and mandatory voting – in the work that it does between now and Dec. 1, 2016.
Online voting and similar reforms that embrace the technological advantages we have today should be considered as a way to increase participation by removing barriers that may exist for some Canadians. For others, it may simply represent a preferred form of engaging in the process. At all times though, there should always be a balance between the security and integrity of the voting process.
Ottawa Citizen - Monsef: Why Liberals want electoral reform - July 6, 2016 - The text is excerpted from remarks by Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef to the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform

The above remarks should become available in the committee transcript within a few days.
You can see her making these statements on ParlVu from 14:20:08 to 14:21:26.

See a subsequent blog post for my analysis, including evidence about online voting (particularly turnout).

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