Canadian elections are being bogged down by outdated rules according to the national elections watchdog.
Chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand the Canada Elections Act is based on 19th century elections were conducted. Mayrand says communication between regions was limited, oversight minimal and election administration local. The result is a process that is entirely manual, rigid and slow. He notes there were long lines at advance polls during the 2015 election.
Mayrand has proposed a number of reforms to bring elections into the 21st century. One of his suggestions is bar codes for voter information cards. He says they could be checked electronically as soon as voters arrive at a polling station, rather than voters being forced to wait in line for a poll worker at a specific table to stroke their name off a paper list.