Two towns in the greater Waterloo area, Wellesley and Woolwich Ontario, will adopt paperless voting in their 2018 municipal elections. The two townships will forgo the paper ballot style of voting and move to either an online or phone system.
Both townships voted in favour of paperless voting on Tuesday the 25th. Ultimately, voting online or via phone is great for the environment, but it’s also good for everyone’s pockets.
“If we can do that and save the constituents some money, then I think it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Wellesley Mayor Joe Nawak, in an interview with the CBC.
The township of Wellesley voted unanimously for paperless voting, while Woolwich councillors voted four to one in favour of paperless voting. Woolwich and Wellesley will be the only two towns in the Waterloo area that are set to adopt this new method of voting. Although no other town in Waterloo area has forgone the paper ballot, Woolwich and Wellesley will join other towns like Ajax, Cobourg and Leamington Ontario.
CBC estimates that in 2018, an online and telephone base election will cost Wellesley $26,600, while it will cost Woolwich $32,035.