On-line Voting at York doing jut fine, Thank You!
Tuesday, February 6, 20074 Comments
I am writing with regards to comments attributed to Ms Becky Wallace during the Central Student Association board meeting of January 17, 2006 and reported in www.thecannon.ca on January 19, 2007.
The article makes the following statement regarding electronic voting: "Ryerson, U of T and York all tried it in student government elections and all three of them eventually went back to paper ballots,” says Academic Commissioner Becky Wallace who voted against online voting, citing the example of electoral fraud at York as a worst-case scenario.” In the belief that this is an accurate quote, I feel it necessary to respond to the inaccuracy of this statement.
Firstly, all but two of York's eighteen levy funded student organizations continue to employ on-line voting. Students believe that it is more secure than paper balloting and that it has demonstrated an increase in student participation. Secondly, there has never been a case of electoral fraud at York through our E-vote system. We have worked closely with our student leaders, computer systems support staff, and auditors to ensure the integrity and security of this system. We believe that the use of electronic voting systems will become more common in the future in Canada as evidenced by the number of municipalities that are now employing this technology to increase accessibility to the political process for constituents and enhance participation rates.
Thank you for the opportunity to correct these inaccurate statements. I would be happy to share York's electronic voting experiences with members of the Central Student Association to assist their understanding of the benefits and security measures required to ensure its success.
Frank Cappadocia, (MA)
Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development (SC&LD)