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Cumberland Council Considers Automated Voting Machines

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At its meeting on February 11, 2014, Cumberland Council gave three readings to a bylaw that would allow the use of automated voting machines at local government elections and other voting. Council is expected to consider adopting the bylaw at its meeting on February 24, 2014.

Voting machines allow for unofficial election results to be declared shortly after the close of the voting place at 8 p.m.

The proposed bylaw also sets out

  • advance voting opportunities,
  • special voting opportunities,
  • the number of scrutineers permitted at the voting place for each candidate, and
  • public access to nomination and campaign financing documents on the internet

The BC Local Government Act permits a Council to provide for the use of automated voting machines. Voting machines are used in many municipalities in BC and typically use optical scanner technology to scan a paper ballot marked by an elector. Under the Act, ballots must be destroyed eight weeks after the declaration of official elections results whether ballots are counted by hand or by an automated voting system.

Local government elections across BC will will take place in November 2014. Find out more about local government elections and view the proposed Election Procedures Bylaw in the Council meeting agenda of February 11, 2014.

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