DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Both Uxbridge and Scugog Councils have decided to stick with the vote-by-mail method for the 2018 municipal election.
Scugog Council made the decision at a meeting held on Monday, Feb. 6th.
“It seems to be the proven election method for the Township of Scugog,” said clerk J.P. Newman.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back asked CAO Paul Allore what Ajax Council’s experience with internet voting was like in the 2014 election. Before becoming Scugog’s CAO, Mr. Allore had been working for the Town of Ajax as the Director of Planning and Development Services.
“It went very well, it was very well received,” Mr. Allore said. However, he added that it would not be the best system for the Township to use at this time, because of the lack of consistent internet access in the Township.
Uxbridge Council also decided to keep the status quo for how residents will elect their local politicians in the 2018 municipal election, making the decision at a meeting on Monday, Jan. 16th.
A presentation about ranked ballots was made to Uxbridge Council by deputy clerk Michael de Rond a week before the decision was made, however there was no hunger from Council to choose that system.
“The more we heard last week, the more complicated it got, especially when you have more than three people running for the same position.” Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor said. “I want to see how [a place like] Toronto, as an example, or Markham or some of these larger areas are going to deal with this multi ballot, because I can see a ballot being two or three pages long.”
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy agreed that it would be best for the municipality to wait and see how ranked ballots works for other municipalities.
“I am more concerned too with how the residents in the province of Ontario deal with that sort of vote,” he said.
Both Townships decided to keep the first-past-the-post system for the 2018 election, and are looking for a summary report from staff, on how ranked balloting is implemented in the province in 2018, to come before council before the 2022 election.
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