Voting Period Extended Due to Technical Issues

Meaford, Ontario – October 23, 2018 – Due to technical issues in the last 3 hours of the voting period on Monday, October 22, the voting period has been extended to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on October 22, staff at the Election Help Centre and voters across the Municipality started to report problems with accessing the online and telephone voting systems. At times, voting was possible but had extensive load-time delays, and at others the voting site was completely unavailable.

Following conference calls with Dominion Voting Systems, our service provider, and their other clients around the province, it became clear that the issue was not going to be quickly resolved.

Section 53 of the Municipal Elections Act gives the Clerk authority to declare an emergency “if circumstances have arisen that are likely to prevent the election being conducted in accordance with this Act”. The Clerk determined that in order to ensure that all Meaford residents had the opportunity to vote, it was appropriate to declare an emergency and extended the voting hours until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Announcements were made to the voters waiting at our Help Centre, at Meaford Hall, via e-mail to candidates, on our website, through social media, and through a media release.

Voting will continue until 8:00 p.m. today, with the following help centers available to assist voters, provide access to computers, and continue to add voters to the voters list.

  • Municipal Office, 21 Trowbridge Street West – 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sydenham Centre, 458372 Grey Road 11 – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The results announcement will take place at 8:15 p.m. tonight at Meaford Hall, and the unofficial results will also immediately be made available on our Social Media pages and website.

See the pdf official statement from Dominion Voting Systems (29 KB) outlining how the problem was caused. The bandwidth limit that caused the issue means no voter information was compromised, and that the integrity of the election has been maintained.

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Contact Us

Matt Smith
Clerk/Director of Legislative and Protective Services
Municipality of Meaford
21 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford
519 538-1060 ext. 1115 | msmith@meaford.ca  

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