Dominion Voting was proud to be partnering with Elections Alberta for the first time this past October to deliver advance voting tabulation services for four by-elections in the province. Elections Alberta used Dominion’s ImageCast Precinct tabulator as the main polling place tabulator, as well as the ImageCast Evolution for voters with accessibility needs.
By-elections were held in four ridings across the province, in Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-West, Calgary-Elbow and Edmonton-Whitemud. Four days of advance voting took place from October 22nd – 25th and Election Day was on October 27th. Elections Alberta staff were trained by Dominion on how to operate the tabulators, and were provided election support for logic and accuracy testing, advance voting opportunities and Election Day.
Before voting began, Elections Alberta invited members of the accessibility community to preview and test the ImageCast Evolution. It was met with great enthusiasm, and offered the option for voters with accessibility needs to vote completely independently and privately.
In past elections, it often took hours to handcount and tally results, but at the close of polls on Election Night this time, Elections Alberta staff were able to quickly and accurately tally the results from the advance polls. A total of 9,698 ballots were cast by electors during the four days of Advance Poll voting in the four electoral divisions, and overall voter turnout hovered between 36-40% across the four ridings. While voter turnout was lower than typical general elections, it was significantly higher than the two federal by-elections held in June in Alberta.
A full report on the by-election is expected to be published in the coming months. Elections Alberta is keen to continue leveraging technology in modernizing the voting process, and Dominion Voting looks forward to supporting this goal.
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