This year in Greater Sudbury we voted solely online. It turned out to be really convenient for most, unless you tried voting at the last minute. That is when service providers experienced technical difficulties catapulting many municipalities across the province into a election day fiasco, including Greater Subdury last night. Many municipalities had to extend voting hours including here in Sudbury. 51 cities in total experienced some form of technical difficulties. Sudburyians were given an extra day to voice their choice and here are the official results! If you voted…THANK YOU!
The unofficial voter turnout numbers are as follows:
• Total number of eligible voters – 115,784
• Total ballots cast – 52,088 or 45%
During the extended voting period approximately 8,000 voters (7%) were able to cast their electronic ballots.
Mayor: Brian Bigger with 28.32% of the vote. Find his platform HERE
Council Ward 1 Mark Signoretti
Council Ward 2: Michael Vagnini (Acclaimed)
Council Ward 3: Gerry Montpellier (Acclaimed)
Council Ward 4: Geoff Mc Causland *new
Council Ward 5: Robert Kirwan
Council Ward 6: Rene Lapierre
Council Ward 7: Mike Jakubo
Council Ward 8: Al Sizer
Council Ward 9: Deb McIntosh
Council Ward 10: Fern Cormier
Council Ward 11: Bill Leduc *new
Council Ward 12: Joscelyn Landry Altman
For a complete update including School Board trustees CLICK HERE
So why did 51 municipalities experience tech issues? The company behind the voting platform released this statement:
“Once we became aware of the problem, Dominion was able to quickly identify the source of the issue and work with the provider to resolve all issues with the system service by 7:30 PM ET.
Unfortunately, the 90-minute slowdown and resulting bandwidth issue caused a varying number of voters to experience slow response times and system time-outs.
Given this issue was no fault of the voters who attempted to cast ballots during this time, some municipalities are extending voting hours for this election. Voters who were affected by this issue should check with their election office for more information on options that are available.”
Dominion says it regrets the challenges that the system load issue posed for both election officials and voters alike in the elections.
“We appreciate the public’s patience in resolving this matter,” states the company in the release. “We want to assure Ontario voters that we will work to ensure this problem does not occur in future elections. It is important to note that at no time was the integrity of the system at risk of compromise, or in any way insecure.”