Scytl Canada explains election glitch

The company responsible for the cyber voting setup for several Prescott-Russell municipalities in this month’s civic election explains what went wrong.

In a copy of a letter sent out to the municipal election clients, Scytl Canada states that it provided “secure online voting” in 21 municipalities for this year’s civic elections. The system allowed voters to cast their ballots by phone or computer Internet link.

The company states that its online voting systems “ran as expected” for tallying results but that during routine processing, Scytl technicians determined election result files were mislabelled “due to human error.” The results were accurate but the files had the wrong names attached to them for the municipalities represented.

Scytl chose to rerun the entire system with the provincial electoral board monitoring rather than rename the files. This delayed posting of election results for several of the company’s municipal clients.

“Scytl and the Election Board confirm that the election results are 100 per cent accurate,” the letter states.

The company is evaluating an addition to its cyber voting system that would prevent the glitch that delayed this year’s election results for its clients.

 

For more details see next week’s Vision.

Date: 
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 2:45pm
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