Here’s proof that modern technology improves voter participation — at least in municipal elections in Timmins.
City clerk Steph Palmateer says this year’s election is the third time online voting has been used. About 2,500 voters took advantage in 2014, and then it exploded in 2018.
“We had 16,000 voters vote, 8,800 of which voted online,” Palmateer reports, which was the highest voter turnout we had in the last four elections.”
That translates into 55% of voters using the online option. Fifty-five percent is also the overall turnout.
Palmateer observes that online voting is already showing an uptick since the Tuesday morning opening. It closes the same time the paper ballot polls do: eight o’clock the night of October 24th. He says it’s simple.
“You can vote anywhere you have an internet connection or a wifi connection, using your smartphone or tablet or your home personal computer,” he instructs, “as long as you have your own voter ID card with you, you can go online and vote.”
That card has your personal ID number and a PIN that you need, regardless of how you vote. If you didn’t get one, contact Service Timmins.