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LOVE this idea

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(10-03-2018, 10:20 AM)Spokes Wrote: LOVE this idea


Agreed. (and on the follow up tweet about a highlights podcast)
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(10-03-2018, 09:20 PM)tvot Wrote:
(10-03-2018, 10:20 AM)Spokes Wrote: LOVE this idea


Agreed. (and on the follow up tweet about a highlights podcast)

Who would get to choose the highlights? City communications staff who are paid to make everything look rosy?
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Ya, the highlights could be an issue because they're highly subjective, but a podcast, or video stream would be incredibly easy.
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(10-09-2018, 12:38 PM)Spokes Wrote: Ya, the highlights could be an issue because they're highly subjective, but a podcast, or video stream would be incredibly easy.

And if it’s done right, anybody could make and publish their own highlights. I think this is a better way of handling highlights — everybody from random local people to large news organizations could select the sections they think are important, but anybody could always refer back to the full video for context.
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As of tonight 85% of voters on a 570 News site say they would be in favour of online voting in municipal elections.

Am I the only one that thinks there are more cons than pros here?

   
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(10-10-2018, 10:22 PM)Spokes Wrote: As of tonight 85% of voters on a 570 News site say they would be in favour of online voting in municipal elections.

Am I the only one that thinks there are more cons than pros here?

Not just you.  There are reasons why this type of thing isn't a good idea, but like most things in life, asking the average person about it yields pretty useless data.
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(10-10-2018, 10:52 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(10-10-2018, 10:22 PM)Spokes Wrote: As of tonight 85% of voters on a 570 News site say they would be in favour of online voting in municipal elections.

Am I the only one that thinks there are more cons than pros here?

Not just you.  There are reasons why this type of thing isn't a good idea, but like most things in life, asking the average person about it yields pretty useless data.

Looks like 85% of voters on a 570 News site wouldn’t recognize a computer security textbook if it bit them.
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At least computer security is a technical sounding topic that most people will realize they don't really understand the technical details of (although there are plenty of computer software folks who don't know anything about security who think they do), think about how hard it is to convince the average person that their "intuition" about the "obvious/common sense" belief that say, widening the 401 is a solution for reducing congestion, or pretty much anything about voting.

People don't see it as a technical topic, so good luck getting them to even reconsider their preconceived notions.
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I think online voting could potentially be a good way to increase voter engagement at a municipal level. While there are undoubtedly security issues that make it pretty much completely inappropriate for elections at the provincial or federal level, I'm not entirely sure those concerns offset the potential for greater participation at a local level.
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