The harmonized sales tax may not be everyone's cup of tea and voting for or against it comes with its own problems.
Not only is the referendum question confusing to a majority of people, according to recent surveys, but the entire mail-in ballot process was at risk because of the postal workers' dispute. The federal government is stepping in on Monday, but it still seems odd that in this era of high-tech solutions that snail mail is still the only way for people to vote on this controversial tax.
Perhaps the dilemma posed by the postal dispute will force senior levels of government to finally think seriously about moving to online voting. Making it easy and convenient to vote using mobile devices such as smart phones or other technology would seem to be a no-brainer to counter the consistent downward trend in voter turn-out.
Online voting, whether by computer or mobile device, is an idea whose time has come and worth the effort by various levels of government to work out the bugs and security issues.
What do you think?Would you be more inclined to vote if you could cast a ballot using a computer or mobile device? Vote in our online poll (question can be found by scrolling down on the main page).