Although online voting is now an option in some surrounding areas like Ajax, Pickering and Markham, Toronto city officials say they have no immediate plans to implement this method of voting in the city. .
At a news conference Thursday, Deputy City Clerk Fiona Murray told reporters that the city’s information technology and security officials both said they don’t believe the vote in online was a secure voting method at this time, which the city had “chosen not to use for security and accessibility reasons.
“We will continue to research online voting over the years,” she said.
The city, however, welcomes the fact that voters across the city can vote by mail this year for the first time in a general election.
The deadline for registering 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 people by the deadline.
“We have full confidence in the security of the mail-in ballot process,” City Clerk John Elvidge said.
Toronto is 15 days from the start of advance voting and 32 days from Election Day, Elvidge noted. Advance voting begins Friday, October 7 and ends Friday, October 14.
The city is also getting new vote-counting equipment for this election with new security features, he said, that replace equipment that was about 20 years old and becoming expensive to maintain.
“We have been busy preparing for the 2022 elections for some time,” he said.