Election 2014: Electronic voting a pipe-dream

City of Kelowna says online voting still not happening.

Dreaming of a day where you can vote from the comfort of your own home?

Don’t expect it to arrive any time soon.

The province is looking into the issue, and has organized a task force for the 2018 election.

“There have been lots of tests in different jurisdictions around Canada doing electronic voting,” said Karen Needham, from the City of Kelowna.

“The City of Edmonton did an extensive trial, and at the end of the day they decided not to do it.”

There were several reasons for the decision, not the least of which being cost.

For Kelowna, there would be around 100,000 people to access, and the cost to allow for an electronic vote is somewhere in the area of $3 apiece.

“So, it’s lots of money,” she said. “And then there are the issues of the integrity of the vote and privacy.”