Essex County residents still trying to get their minds around vote-by-mail may be picking their politicians over the Internet in the next municipal election.
Election results could be made public within minutes of the deadline for voting, and participation rates are expected to be even higher than vote-by-mail.
The Internet may even lure back younger, computer-savvy voters who traditionally shun municipal elections.
"I think Internet voting is the way of the future," says Leamington clerk Brian Sweet. "It's a super idea."
He predicts the Internet will dominate voting at the municipal level in Ontario within a decade.