January 10th, 2017 by

Council voting may go electronic

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Belleville will take a serious look at electronic voting for councillors in the council chambers.

A report to council Monday night by manager of information systems Marc Coyle indicates that a “stand alone” voting system would cost $3,000 initially and $16,000 annually.

Extra staff would be required to pre-configure each resolution into the system.

Councillor Panciuk supported the system.

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He says it’s difficult for people to see the hands-up vote on TV or the internet streaming system.

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Numerous municipalities already have electronic voting, including Toronto, Barrie and Kingston.

Council asked for a staff report to be presented at the operating budget debate in April.

 

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