The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The move by the New Democratic Party to electronic voting could be the watershed for the convergence of technology and democracy. Around the world, political parties are inching toward updating old systems that have grown stale.  Following the lead of other parties, the NDP is allowing all card-carrying members to cast a ballot for the new leader. A special committee, made up of 19 senior party operatives (including Pierre Ducasse, a leadership candidate), insisted on this. But persuading the group to endorse online voting was much more difficult. But the NDP has made a wise choice in many respects. Most meaningful reforms to the way Canadians wage political campaigns have come from smaller outfits. The first party to adopt the all-inclusive voting rule was the Parti Québecois, a measure that eventually spread to other parties, both federally and provincially. It was a PQ government that outlawed political donations from businesses and unions. Manitoba has recently introduced a similar measure and other jurisdictions may follow suit. The New Democrats’ stagnant position in the polls ensures that only the most dedicated will bother to vote in this leadership campaign. The possibilities for mischief are greatly reduced. The guerrilla war being conducted in the Liberal party between Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin is morbidly fascinating to watch. We shudder to think what would happen if there were a fibre optic cable between the two rivals. Election.com, the company the NDP has hired to carry out online voting, is an interesting case study in itself. It conducted an online presidential primary for the Arizona Democratic Party in 2000. It has done work for ICANN, an endorsement that attests to election.com’s effectiveness. Election.com’s board of directors includes former Irish prime minister Garret Fitzgerald, one-time Republican congressman Jack Kemp, and John Matthews, the former elections commissioner for New York’s Nassau County. This cross-border effort could be the revitalization Canadian politics badly needs.