Municipal Election, 1956
The municipal election held December 5, 1956 marked the beginning of the automation of Hamilton's electoral process. Not only was this a first for Hamilton but it was also a first for Canada. Using the punch card accounting system usually used for payroll, assessment and taxes, the returns were punched onto cards as they were received and then printed and proofread before being released to the media. In previous years the returns took 70 people to process. The new system used 5. On the old manual system it took 1 hour to tabulate results while the new system took only minutes. A complete recapitulation of the standings of the candidates took only 1 hour, not 1 day.
Modern times had come to elections!