Automatic, electronic vote recording is coming to Burlington – if council approves it Oct. 3. The cost is an estimated $9,392 one-time cost, plus $2,392 annually. The equipment could be installed within weeks. The Halton school board has had vote recording technology for some time.
My Take: I’ve been advocating automatic vote recording since my first term on council, so residents can see how their council member voted, and search votes electronically. Council members will no longer have to request recorded votes – they’ll be automatically recorded. The technology will also eliminate the need to stand and verbally record votes. Much as I like the occasional stretch break, this is cumbersome and antiquated. Electronic vote recording is progress for democracy, accountability and transparency.