Although online voting is now an option in some surrounding areas such as Ajax, Pickering and Markham, City of Toronto officials say they have no immediate plans to implement that voting method in the city.
At a news conference Thursday, Deputy City Clerk Fiona Murray told reporters that both the city’s chief technology and information security officers have said they do not believe online voting is a secure method of voting right now, and that the city has “chosen not to use that security.” And for both accessibility reasons.
“We will continue to explore online voting as the years go on,” she said.
However, the city is appreciating the fact that voters across the city are able to vote by mail for the first time in the general election this year.
The deadline for people to register to vote by mail is Friday at 4:30 p.m. More information can be found on the city’s website.
Murray said about 20,000 people are registered to vote by mail right now, and she expects that number to grow to about 35,000 by the deadline.
“We have complete confidence in the security of voting by mail,” said City Clerk John Elvidge.
Toronto is 15 days away from the start of early voting and 32 days until Election Day, Elvidge noted. ADVANCE VOTING FRIDAY, OCT. 7 and ends on Friday, Oct. Lasts up to 14
The city is also getting new vote-counting equipment with new security features for this election, he said, replacing equipment that is about 20 years old and becoming expensive to maintain.
“We have been busy preparing for the 2022 elections for some time,” he said.