Voters report trouble with electronic vote tabulators


    Voters at a minimum of one polling station in Toronto are reporting issues with the electronic vote tabulator machine on Election Day.

    Toronto voter Scott Weir stated in a tweet that lengthy traces have been forming at Sprucecourt Faculty, close to Parliament Road and Gerrard Road East, as a result of the electronic vote tabulator was not working. The varsity is a polling station within the using of Toronto Centre.

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

    Elections Ontario assertion

    In an electronic mail to CBC Information, Elections Ontario stated 99.57 per cent of all technology-enabled polls are up and operating throughout the province.

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

    The spokesperson stated within the occasion of an issue, ballot officers will revert to the standard paper technique to allow voters to forged ballots. That course of is identical course of that is in place at polls the place expertise is just not getting used for voting.

    That course of consists of utilizing a paper listing of electors and the ballot clerk will manually strike off the identify of the voter who has voted and can replace manually a paper copy to establish the names crossed out. Elections Ontario stated all of its workers have been educated on this contingency course of.

    On this election, Elections Ontario is utilizing new expertise — e-Ballot books and electronic vote tabulators — to test the names of voters and to document and to rely votes. 

    An e-Ballot ebook is an electronic model of paper voters’ lists, whereas electronic vote tabulators electronically rely every poll and generate outcomes after polls shut.

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

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

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

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

    Different voters additionally reported issues on the polling station.



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