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Municipalities are the laboratories of electoral modernization. 

In an effort to reverse declining rates of voter participation, governments around the world have turned to electronic voting - as of 2018, internet voting has been deployed in binding elections in more than 15 countries. Conventional wisdom is that, if voting is made more convenient and accessible, some electors will be more likely to cast a ballot.

Canada is among the earliest and most frequent adopters of internet voting. Despite hesitation to adopt the voting reform from national and provincial decision-makers, internet voting has been widely embraced by municipal governments.  Online voting has been used in more binding elections in Canada than in any other country and most of this activity has centered in the province of Ontario. In the 2014 Ontario municipal elections, 97 communities offered an online voting option. In 2018, this number is set to increase to 194. 

Municipalities are the laboratories of electoral modernization. 

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In an effort to reverse declining rates of voter participation, governments around the world have turned to electronic voting - as of 2018, internet voting has been deployed in binding elections in more than 15 countries. Conventional wisdom is that, if voting is made more convenient and accessible, some electors will be more likely to cast a ballot.

 

Canada is among the earliest and most frequent adopters of internet voting. Despite hesitation to adopt the voting reform from national and provincial decision-makers, internet voting has been widely embraced by municipal governments.  Online voting has been used in more binding elections in Canada than in any other country and most of this activity has centered in the province of Ontario. In the 2014 Ontario municipal elections, 97 communities offered an online voting option. In 2018, this number is set to increase to 194. 

Municipalities are the laboratories of electoral modernization.