With the municipal elections in Ontario now concluded, supporters of Markham's Internet voting service (namely the service provider) are trumpeting the outcome, arguing that an increasing percentage of voters used the Internet. A press release from Delvinia suggests that this is "a victory for busy people" and encourages other municipalities to follow Markham's lead.
It is impossible to know, however, whether or not the concerns associated with Internet and electronic voting arose in this past election. They certainly did in the United States, where there have numerous reports of problems in Florida, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee. Moreover, pointing to the increased usage is a complete red herring. It is the equivalent of banks saying there is no phishing problem because more people are using e-banking, the phone companies saying there is no problem with telemarketing because more people are using the phone, or the music industry saying there is no problem with DRM because more people are buying music from iTunes. It should be obvious that an increase in usage says absolutely nothing about the safety, security, and credibility of Internet and e-voting. Unfortunately, it is apparently not obvious to all.