A dozen Kingsville council candidates are asking for a recount and a thorough review after mislabelled files on election night led to a long wait for results and boosted concerns over Internet voting. “Bad, in a word,” candidate Derek Prowse said Monday of electronic voting. “Internet voting cannot be made secure.” Derek Prowse, was a candidate for council in Kingsville. Prowse wrote a letter to Kingsville administration and council asking that the electronic ballots be printed and manually counted. He said he and 11 other candidates recognize they are not going to change the election results but want some assurances that the electronic voting was a secure system and did the job properly. If ballots cannot be printed off, he said the company should go over all its data and make sure it adds up. … “With the electronic voting system, I don’t know how you can ever assure people that the data wasn’t corrupted,” said Prowse, a first-time candidate.
Kingsville clerk Ruth Orton-Pert said a manual recount of ballots cannot happen with electronic voting. She said the company hired for the election called Scytl was already doing its own audit and the results were already retabulated on election night. That’s what took the extra time, she said.
“I think if the results had been brought forward in a very timely manner, which is what we were told was going to happen, we wouldn’t be experiencing the issues we’re experiencing now,” Orton-Pert said.