Thunder Bay – Its The System…Stupid! The Problem Is The System!

People just hacked into Sony Pictures computer system. Governments, large businesses and…well…everything gets hacked eventually. Hackers can get into a computer system, make changes and leave without anyone knowing. There will be no physical ballots that can ever be used to confirm the validity of any election results. It will be what you see is what you get. In fact, a person casting a ballot online has no way of knowing if his/her vote actually exists.

This will be the end of democracy in the City of Thunder Bay. Elections will be open to manipulation without the voters having any recourse. The voters will just have to take another bite out of that City of Thunder Bay shit sandwich. Previous post here.

I believe if people are too lazy to get out and vote at the advanced polls, the mobile voting booth and on election day then what is their vote worth anyway. Nothing. An uninformed vote is poison to the democratic system.

maybe its time that we stopped coddling these people.

Maybe people are protesting the electoral system by not participating?  Why is nobody considering that so-called voter apathy might be connected to the stupid system we use to elect someone.  When a person can become mayor even tough more than 60% of the public voted against hi, or the Conservatives can have a majority government after receiving  less than 40% of the vote, there is a problem. Why not change that?

Why not bring in ranked voting?  Why are you not talking about that Angus? Huh?


At-large councillor to put electronic voting on the table Monday

Coun. Iain Angus wants council to introduce electronic voting and establish a vacancy policy.

Jamie Smith,
Coun. Iain Angus wants council to introduce electronic voting and establish a vacancy policy.

By Jamie Smith,

THUNDER BAY — An at-large councillor wants the city to be more democratic and accessible by introducing electronic voting and settling a council vacancy policy.

Coun. Iain Angus is introducing the pair of ideas Monday night. Seeing the success of electronic voting in Shuniah and Greenstone, along with the frustration at Thunder Bay polling stations in the last municipal election, Angus said it’s time the city adopts electronic voting along with the traditional paper ballot system.

The idea would also help those with accessibility needs and might even get more young voters to participate.
‘It’s a win-win all the way around,” he said. “I think it’s a benefit all around by moving to this kind of system.”

Angus is also asking administration to figure out the best way for council to deal with vacancies, should one arise, at the table.

The Municipal Act gives city councils options but Angus said it’s time to decide which is the right one.

He’d like to see a by-election if the vacancy is within the first three-and-a-half years of a term.

When council is left to appoint a new councillor, it sometimes becomes a debate about which person council likes more.

Just selecting the runner-up of a ward or at-large might not actually be the public’s second choice because most people don’t vote with the runner-up in mind he said.

“I think this is the most democratic way,” he said. “It keeps personalities and politics out of the issue and turns it back to the electorate where it belongs in the first place,” Angus said.

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