Members of the Progressive Conservative party will now be able to choose their new leaders using electronic voting.
The party’s electoral committee unanimously approved the new voting system, which will enable voters to elect the party’s new leaders online or through mobile devices. This will be particularly useful to party members who live in rural areas because it means they won’t have to travel far to cast their ballot.
The party’s president, Jim McCormick, said, “We recognize the importance of letting Alberta’s tens of thousands of citizens decide to join our party and help us choose a new leader.”
This change should result in a strong increase in participation among the party’s members and supporters; every Albertan who is older than 14 and is a member of the party will be able to cast their ballot.
The primary elections are scheduled for September 6. If no candidate receives more than half of the votes, a runoff election will be held on September 20.