Making the Case for Online Voting Standards

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM ET


Dr. Nicole Goodman, Dr. Aleksander Essex, and Adam Churchard (PhD candidate) make the case for election technology standards in Ontario and present their work with the CIO Strategy Council to develop standards for online voting in Ontario municipal elections. Presented in a panel-style, each speaker will touch on research related to elections processes and online voting standards.

What you will learn:

  • The cybersecurity risks of online elections and how common standards can help to make them more secure
  • The current policy landscape of online voting and potential implications
  • How voter attitudes were affected in the 2018 municipal elections when bandwidth slowed and how these types of technical mishaps can have similar future ramifications
  • Hear the feedback from detailed interviews with Ontario municipal clerks, online voting vendors, academics, and other stakeholders on the benefits and challenges of online voting and what is needed from common standards
  • Key information on the CIO Strategy Council’s standards development process and how you can get involved in building online voting standards for Ontario municipal elections

Why attend:

  • To gain valuable information to support the development or refinement of your RFP process for the 2022 municipal elections 
  • To learn about the opportunity to participate as a stakeholder in the development of online voting standards for Ontario municipal elections
Who should attend:

This webinar is for any municipal staff whose role includes developing and administering elections or for those who are interested in online voting and developing online voting standards for Ontario municipal elections.

Adam Churchard is a PhD candidate in the department of politics at York University. He studies electoral politics and election security in Canada and the United States. Previously, he was a research assistant for a project examining smart city technologies, and their implementation in Canadian cities. Adam holds an MA in international relations from McMaster University.
Dr. Nicole Goodman is an associate professor at Brock University where she is also the recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence. Dr. Goodman is an internationally recognized expert on electoral modernization and has co-authored reports for governments across Canada. She has also provided advice to governments internationally on the modernization of elections. Dr. Goodman has led a number of projects studying elections in municipalities and First Nations across Canada. She currently represents Canada on the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Board of Advisers.
Dr. Aleksander Essex is an associate professor of software engineering at Western University and a leading expert in the cybersecurity of election technology. His research group authored an award-winning study of online voting use in the 2018 Ontario municipal election, which uncovered numerous cybersecurity issues. He is a regular contributor to legislative committees, councils, and public consultations studying online voting adoption.


Webinar Fees


Webinar Rate: $100.00 + HST

plus HST

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Registration Deadline: Monday, 08 February 2021

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