Prince Edward Island is six years or more away from ever adopting electronic voting or tabulation, according to P.E.I.’s chief electoral officer. Gary McLeod says a number of legislative changes would have to be made before P.E.I. could begin using more modern technologies to capture or count votes. And this is simply not a priority right now, McLeod said. “I would like to look at various options out there for doing any type of new technology in the voting process, but … it does cost money, there are more people involved in it,” McLeod said. “It is pie-in-the-sky in the future. There are just other things I have to work on first.”
New Brunswick became the first province in Canada Monday to use electronic tabulation machines to calculate the results of a provincial election.
But use of the machines is now mired in controversy after discrepancies were discovered between election results entered manually and those from the tabulation machines as result were being released Monday night.
This halted the vote count for two hours and delayed the official results until the wee hours of the morning Tuesday.