© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Heather Walker, council assistant in the city clerk/solicitor's department, demonstrates how the ballot will be fed in a secrecy sleeve into the electronic machine during the Oct. 24 municipal election.
Electronic voting is back again for the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.
“It’s a very effective method for cities in Saskatchewan,” said city-clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko, adding that it is also used in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current and Yorkton. “There’s no mechanical way to monitor votes or anything. It’s fairly fraud-proof.”
Gulka-Tiechko said electronic voting has been used since at least 2006. Instead of marking an ‘x’ beside the voter’s choices for the elections — as is done in provincial and federal elections — voters will be given a ballot in a secrecy sleeve with a lip to hide voting choices.
Voters will go behind a screen to vote before it is placed back in the secrecy sleeve. The sleeve is given back to the returning officer and it is fed into the ballot box that can read the markings of voters.
“It’s almost like a file folder that covers their vote intention and they bring that back to the returning officer to actually feed into the ballot box,” said Gulka-Tiechko. “It goes through the AccuVote machine and falls into the ballot box. So it’s able to read markings of the voters (and) it’s clear who they voted for.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.