Some Ontario voters report trouble at polling stations


    Voters at a couple of polling stations in Toronto, Ottawa and London, Ont., reported issues with new machines getting used to verify voter lists and tabulate votes on election day. 

    The glitches had been inflicting lengthy lineups, slowing down the election course of, voters stated.

    There have been reviews of digital vote tabulators not working, errors in digital databases, web connectivity outages, a pretend coaching poll being handed to a voter, and employees who weren’t nicely versed within the new machines giving lengthy explanations on find out how to use ballots.

    Voters in Toronto stated some digital vote tabulators weren’t accepting ballots at one polling station. At one other polling station, one voter stated some voters had been leaving in frustration earlier than casting ballots due to lengthy traces.

    One voter in Ottawa stated ballots had been stuffed right into a bag as a result of a machine wasn’t in a position to tabulate votes. 

    Vote tabulating machines, equivalent to this one, are getting used at polling stations throughout Ontario. (CBC)

    Toronto voter Scott Weir stated lengthy traces shaped shortly after a Toronto Centre polling station opened at Sprucecourt Public Faculty, close to Parliament Road and Gerrard Road East, due to glitches with an digital vote tabulator. 

    Weir stated no votes had been forged within the polling station as of 9:30 a.m., and there seemed to be no contingency plan. He stated he would come again later as a result of he needed to go to work.

    “Lengthy lengthy line … and no votes forged but,” Weir stated in a tweet.

    In an e mail to CBC Information, an Elections Ontario spokesperson stated 99.57 per cent of all technology-enabled polls had been up and working throughout the province.

    Issues ‘being addressed’

    “The few voting places which might be experiencing technical points are being addressed, in the event that they haven’t already been rectified.”

    As a consequence of “unavoidable delays or interruptions,” Elections Ontario has prolonged voting hours at polls in seven ridings:

    • The jap Ontario using of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell (ballot 012 will now shut at 10:30 p.m.).
    • The Toronto-area using of York South-Weston (ballot 406 will now shut at 9:40 p.m.).
    • The northwestern Ontario using of Kiiwetinoong (ballot 032 will now shut at 1 a.m.).
    • Two polls in York-Simcoe (ballot 008 will shut at 9:55 p.m., ballot 006 will shut at 11:25 p.m.)
    • The western Ontario using of Essex (ballot 033 will shut at 9:20 p.m.)
    • The jap Ontario using of Bay of Quinte (ballot 016 will shut at 9:25 p.m.)
    • The Simcoe North using, north of Toronto (polls 033 and 034 will shut at 9:25 p.m.)

    The spokesperson stated within the occasion of an issue, ballot officers will revert to the normal paper methodology to allow voters to forged ballots. That course of is similar course of in place at polls the place expertise will not be getting used for voting.

    The course of consists of utilizing a paper record of electors and the ballot clerk manually hanging off the title of the voter who has voted and updating manually a paper copy to establish names crossed out. Elections Ontario stated all of its employees have been skilled on this contingency course of.

    An indication directs voters to a polling station in downtown Toronto. (David Donnelly/CBC)

    Faux poll handed to voter

    In a single case, a College of Toronto grad pupil says she was shocked when she entered the voting sales space to mark her alternative and did not acknowledge any of the candidate or get together names on her poll.

    Religion Gallant, 23, reported the difficulty at her polling place within the Toronto using of York South–Weston. 

    It seems she was given a coaching poll utilized by employees to coach ballot employees on what ballots appear like and find out how to fold them, Elections Ontario stated.

    On this election, Elections Ontario is utilizing new expertise — e-Ballot books and digital vote tabulators — to verify the names of voters and to report and to rely votes at half of all polling stations within the province.

    An e-Ballot e book accommodates an digital model of paper voters’ lists, whereas an digital vote tabulator electronically counts every poll and generates outcomes after polls shut.

    Know-how examined in byelections

    Cara Des Granges, spokesperson for Elections Ontario, stated in an interview on Tuesday that the workplace had examined the expertise in byelections.

    “Elections Ontario has the utmost confidence within the accuracy of vote tabulators and has piloted them efficiently in byelections,” she stated in an e mail to CBC Toronto.

    “E-Ballot books make it simpler and sooner for an elector to get a poll. Vote tabulators automate the counting course of for election officers. which supplies sooner and extra correct outcomes.”

    Elections Ontario will retain paper ballots for guide recounts if required, she added.

    Voters took to social media to report issues at polling stations.

    Within the Toronto using of Seashores-East York, voter Liz Woodburn stated there have been two traces at the Toronto United Mennonite Church polling station, one for folks with voter data playing cards and one for folks with out, and employees mistakenly directed voters with playing cards into the opposite line. The outcome was an excellent longer wait.

    “I confirmed up shortly earlier than 9:45 a.m. to extraordinarily lengthy lineups, which I’ve by no means skilled at that station earlier than. It is a common polling station. I’ve by no means had lengthy lineups there,” she stated.

    Woodburn waited an hour earlier than she was lastly in a position to vote after being directed to the unsuitable lineup. As soon as she acquired to the entrance of the road, her card was scanned in a second and she or he acquired her poll rapidly. She stated the digital vote tabulator appeared to working correctly. 

    ‘I take into account this an irregularity’

    “I might say the employees weren’t constantly or successfully skilled. Folks had been being held up with lengthy explanations on find out how to use the poll. The individuals who did not have a card weren’t getting processed. They had been standing there for ages and it appeared like whoever was presupposed to cope with these issues did not know find out how to do it.”

    Woodburn stated she noticed about six folks depart in frustration earlier than voting. She reported the issues to Elections Ontario, which it stated it will examine.

    “I take into account this an irregularity,” she stated. “The factor I’m most involved about is I noticed leaving with out voting.” 

    Lengthy traces and other people leaving in frustration had been additionally reported at a polling stations within the Toronto ridings of Parkdale-Excessive Park and College-Rosedale. Some voters, together with Ottawa-Vanier voter Tatiana Paganezzi, are reporting laptop trouble at polling stations. That is the primary Ontario election the place laptops with voter lists been deployed together with digital vote tabulators. 0:18

    In the meantime, in Ottawa, Tatiana Paganezzi, a resident of Ottawa–Vanier, stated she wasn’t on the voters record.

    “I wasn’t within the database, apparently, regardless that I’ve lived within the space for six or seven years, and I’ve voted right here earlier than,” Paganezzi stated.

    Pagnezzi stated she was informed computer systems had been down, and that she must fill out a paper type to forged her poll.

    “It was fairly fast, although, there wasn’t lots of people.”

    Ottawa–Vanier voter Michael Porter tweeted the machines at Colonel By Secondary Faculty weren’t in a position to tabulate votes, so officers had been as a substitute placing ballots into baggage. 

    And in London, voters of London North Centre had been lined up out the door at the Japanese Star Temple on Fanshawe Park Street East. One stated the station was down to at least one practical laptop early within the day. 

    The voting location was outfitted with 5 laptop terminals, leaving 4 unavailable to course of voters’ data.

    Native polling official Melissa Baidoobonso stated employees had been in a position to treatment the scenario and transfer voters via.

    “It is our first time utilizing these laptop methods, so in fact there’s been a little bit of a hiccup,” she stated. “It’s a new expertise that we’re utilizing, however we have smoothed it out.” 

    Right here is the doorway to a polling station at Japanese Star Temple in London, Ont. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

    In Tillsonburg, 50 kilometres southeast of London, some voters who confirmed up at the city’s solely polling station had been reportedly informed to “come again later” attributable to laptop issues.

    Sheena Larmer and her husband had been informed by clerks that there have been points with the computer systems. They determined to go for breakfast, and once they returned, the polling station was nonetheless having issues, main to a wait of round 25 minutes to forged their poll.

    “Oh, it was ridiculous. It was such a large number,” Larmer stated.

    “Though I am a very dedicated voter, I fear that there is lots of people that will simply say ‘oh, overlook this.'”

    Many voters who commented on CBC London’s Fb web page, nevertheless, stated they’d no issues voting on Thursday.



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