Spall urged to count ballots by hand

Guenter Rieger presented to council his concerns over electronic counting.

A former Spallumcheen mayor would like the township to count voting ballots the old-fashioned way.

By hand, not machine.

Guenter Rieger presented to council his concerns over electronic counting.

“Security experts say a specific kind of electronic voting machine is vulnerable to being hacked,” said Rieger, citing a Princeton University professor’s statement that electronic voting “is most certainly prone to the modern version of fraud – hacking – from anywhere in the world. It’s wireless and easy for anyone.”

Rieger also pointed out that the last 15 municipal elections in the township saw less than 50 per cent voter turnout.

With that, and the security concerns, Rieger asked the township to count ballots by hand.

Council thanks Rieger for his presentation but did not make any recommendations.

Chief administrative officer Corey Paiement said there would not be time to make a chance for next month’s election, and that the method of vote counting in the township is established by bylaw, so a new bylaw would be required.

Commissionaires on job

Spallumcheen has extended its contract with Commissionaires B.C. for bylaw enforcement.

The two sides agreed to a one-year extension for 2015 at the 2014 rates, $31 an hour on a guaranteed minimum of six paid hours per week.

“Given this worked well in the past year, township staff concluded it would be beneficial to continue the agreement with the Commissionaires,” wrote deputy corporate officer Cindy Graves in a report to council.

Besides handling township complaints and general bylaw contravention matters, the Commissionaires do business licence inspection, respond to open burning contraventions where possible and take a proactive approaching in following up on businesses operating in the township without a business licence.