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Indigenous communities embrace electronic voting to elect tribal leader – CBC

7 northern communities can vote by telephone, internet or ballot

Mar 21, 2019

Some Indigenous voters will use their smartphones or landline telephones to elect a new tribal chief in northern B.C. Thursday.

They are embracing electronic voting technology that some believe will cut the costs of band elections and encourage more people to vote.

“Phone voting is becoming a very popular alternative,” said Graeme Drew, the chief electoral officer for Thursday’s vote to elect a new Carrier Sekani tribal chief. “It’s as simple as telephone banking and it takes about 45 seconds.”

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