Elections Ontario is finally going high tech
When you go to vote for your local MPP on June 7, officials at the polls won't be counting your votes by hand anymore.
Technology will be used for the first time in an Ontario provincial election, using tabulators.
To protect against hackers, Elections Ontario notes that most of the system involves a private network that isn't connected to the internet.
At the end of the day, the results are manually inputted into their computer system
So when voters head to their polling station, a machine will scan their registration card, something akin to scanning a code on an item at a grocery store.
Voters are handed a ballot, which they mark, then hand back to the official who puts it through a tabulating machine.
Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa adds, most importantly, if anything goes wrong, or a tabulator breaks, they keep all the paper ballots.