Through the use of Internet voting and the implementation of multiple online initiatives designed by Delvinia, the Town of Markham has become a Canadian leader in eDemocracy.
This fall, Delvinia CEO Adam Froman and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti will share the municipality’s approach towards digital media as a tool to engage the public during a presentation at GTEC 2011, the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference.
Froman and Mayor Scarpitti have been invited to present a session entitled “Using Digital Technology to Connect with Citizens in the Town of Markham” at the national conference, being held in Ottawa from October 17 to 20.
With Delvinia’s support and expertise, Markham became the first major Canadian municipality to introduce Internet voting in 2003. Since then, Delvinia has conducted three online surveys to gather data on the attitudes and behaviours of Markham residents, the findings of which are outlined in three reports chronicling voter feedback and preferences collected following the 2003, 2006, and 2010 municipal elections.
Delvinia also worked with the Town to create and implement the Click with Markham, Greenprint and DIY Markham campaigns, all of which used digital technologies to engage the public in the municipal process.
Delvinia’s work around Internet voting in the Town of Markham will also be showcased on the international stage this summer when Carleton University PhD candidate Nicole Goodman presents “An Assessment of Internet Voting in Canada” at the sixth annual European Consortium for Political Research General Conference in Iceland in August.