What do you think?
What do you think of Internet voting? We're currently consulting the public in order to gather people's opinions on this issue.
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Please let us know how you feel! You have until November 3, 2019 to do so. What matters to us is what YOU think of Internet voting.
Élections Québec is a neutral, impartial and independent institution. These values are reflected at all times in the fulfilment of our mandates; this consultation process is no exception.
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What is Internet voting?
For the purposes of this consultation, Internet voting is:
- the possibility of voting from a location of the voter's choice, using an Internet-connected electronic device such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. All voting-related operations would be carried out electronically, from identifying voters to tallying ballots;
- a new way of voting that would be added to the other voting methods currently available. It would not replace traditional voting using ballot papers.
The following advantages and disadvantages are mentioned most often in documentation concerning Internet voting.
- Voters could vote from anywhere, with no need to travel.
- Voters could vote at any time during the prescribed voting period.
- Voters with disabilities would have greater autonomy.
- Mailing delays and postal expenses for voters in remote regions or outside Québec would be eliminated.
- Certain risks associated with voters making errors when indicating their choice on ballot papers would be eliminated.
- The efficiency of the voting process could be improved, primarily as regards the tabulation of results.
- Verifying voters' identity would be difficult, as would ensuring that they are actually voting on their own behalf.
- Voter confidentiality might be compromised when votes are actually cast or due to an intrusion into the system.
- Voters might be forced to vote for a candidate against their will.
- The voting system might be slowed down or rendered unavailable due to technical problems or hostile acts.
- Individual votes or election results might be altered due to hostile acts.
- There would be no written "paper trail", so verifying or recounting ballots would not be possible.
We are carrying out a study into Internet voting in connection with a mandate assigned to us by the members of Québec's National Assembly. This study aims to provide a comprehensive and neutral assessment of this voting method. One of the components involves consulting Québecers about what they think of Internet voting, in particular via:
We also undertake other consultations with a view to giving the largest possible number of people an opportunity to share their opinions on this voting method, in particular via:
- A telephone survey, in partnership with the research firm SOM.
- A citizens' panel, in partnership with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM), an independent and non-partisan organization.
The various points of view on the issue of Internet voting will be carefully evaluated. Our study will be submitted to the National Assembly in June 2020.
Please let us know how you feel! Your opinion is important to us.