The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
has had a Select Committee on Democratic Reform.
UPDATE 2022-05-23: The 49th General Assembly dissolved prior to the  Committee’s deadline to report. The Committee is now disbanded. It is replaced to some extent by the 2021 All-Party Committee to Modernize the Elections Act. For more information see Newfoundland 2021 All-Party Committee to Modernize the Elections Act. END UPDATE
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The Newfoundland and Labrador Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has released a very clear report that explains the unique characteristics of the secret ballot and elections, and examines the risks that would be introduced by implementing Internet voting.
Internet Voting – Privacy and Security Risks (PDF)
It also asks a very fundamental question: what problem is Internet voting trying to solve?
In reviewing reports and public documentation from Canadian jurisdictions where internet voting has been implemented it appears that there has been little to no concerted effort on the part of governments, prior to implementing internet voting, to 1) identify the problem to be addressed and 2) understand what has caused the problem.
In the case of internet voting, it is not even clear that there is a problem [that is being solved]. If the problem can be framed as lack of participation in the democratic process, this is a much broader problem than the method of voting.
The report was authored by Sean Murray, Director of Research and Quality Assurance.
The report is particularly timely as Newfoundland and Labrador has established a Select Committee on Democratic Reform that is to review voting systems and methods.
For more on OIPC Newfoundland and Labrador, see: