Elections Nova Scotia

Preston Voters Say e-Ballot is Fast and Easy to Use

Release date: 
July 27, 2023

Preston Voters Say e-Ballot is Fast and Easy to Use

Media Release: July 27, 2023

Elections Nova Scotia – Voters in Preston having been casting their votes early for a full week using Elections Nova Scotia’s new secure e-Ballot system. Voter feedback has been overwhelmingly positive showing that e-Ballot is fast, efficient, and simple to use. The Preston by-election is the first use of e-Ballot in Canada.

When asked about their e-ballot voting experience, the following Preston voters had positive responses.

“Great process, very easy and quick to use,” said Preston voter Joanna Fowler.

“Very easy to use and was in and out in minutes,” said Preston voter Liell Stewart.

“I prefer e-Balloting over the paper ballot,” said Preston voter Ben Hamilton.

e-Ballot will be used by voters in Preston who choose to cast their ballot before election day at the returning office or community poll. Once a digital vote is cast on the secure tablet, the e-Ballot system produces a paper voting receipt for the voter to place in the ballot box.

e-Ballot will also allow fast and secure counting of early votes when the polls close on election night. This means the results of the Preston by-election will be returned quickly and efficiently.

Traditional paper ballots will be used on election day in Preston, Tuesday, August 8, 2023.

The Government of Nova Scotia made amendments to the Elections Act in 2021 to provide authority for e-Ballot. Elections Nova Scotia has developed the secure e-Ballot system to facilitate in-person digital voting at a voting location and is confident in the integrity of this innovative voting method.

Voters in Preston that have questions about the by-election can call the returning office at 1-888-503-5835.

Elections Nova Scotia is a non-partisan and independent agency responsible for conducting provincial elections. For more information, please visit electionsnovascotia.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @electionsns.

Media Contact:

Naomi Shelton
Director, Policy and Communications
Elections Nova Scotia

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