The high-tech voting systems now being used across the country may provide a secure and accurate method of tallying votes, but they don’t necessarily offer a fast and efficient method of getting results out to the public. Like most places, polls closed in Ontario County at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Board of Elections officials there managed to get the memory cards from voting machines in 92 districts to their office on Ontario Street in Canandaigua by 11:10 p.m., where the cards were “read” by a computer.
But because of a software glitch, it wasn’t until about 9 a.m. Wednesday before the complete results were actually posted on the Board’s website. In Wayne County, memory cards from 67 machines were delivered to the Board of Elections office in Lyons by about 10:15 p.m., but the results weren’t posted on the site for another three hours.
And Monroe County, which has a much larger and more expensive system, was able to post results in a more timely manner, but the Monroe County Board of Elections website uses Flash, a type of code that limits who can access the results. Some devices, such as many Apple products, don’t use Flash. “I realize the problem,” said Thomas F. Ferrarese, Monroe County’s Democratic elections commissioner.