Monday, November 5, 2018

Cocktails & Popcorn: Wayne County Fired ElectionSource For Jacking The 2018 Primary Election Days Before The General Election

If there were inaccuracies in the Primary Election, then that means the Primary Election for the 13th Congressional District is nullified.

It probably had something to do with the absentee ballots, but, hey, what do I know?

I guess that is why the Wayne County Board of Canvassers deferred certification of the vote to the State Board of Canvassers, who then deferred to...well, we do not know because the vote has yet to be certified or recorded.

Go vote, we need the data.

Wayne Co. dumps election vendor, saying problems remain

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https://www.electionsource.com/
Wayne County officials are dumping a software company used to display election results , saying the vendor hasn't fixed issues that led to delays and inaccuracies in the primary with another election less than a week away.

The county clerk said ElectionSource, the vendor used for election results since November 2017, has not completed fixes to its web-based reporting system.

"Less than a few days before the election, ElectionSource has not completed the improvements and at this late juncture we are not going to utilize something that we haven’t been able to thoroughly test,” said Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett.

I wonder if she has tested the alternative, if there is an alternative emergency response election plan, which I highly doubt, knowing what I know.  Someone, like...hmmm...I dunno, like the U.S. Attorney General, can easily challenge the General Election results, based upon this theory.

Garrett said in a statement Thursday that the county elections staff has been "working diligently with the web-based reporting vendor, ElectionSource, to prepare for a seamless night of web-based reporting on November 6, 2018."

Wayne County began using ElectionSource in May 2017 . A glitch in the vendor's software resulted after the website received more data than ElectionSource anticipated, county and ElectionSource officials said. You can find out how many people are eligible to vote in advance through the Clerk's Office.

The stall resulted in reporting fluctuations before Garrett instructed Electionsource to take their web-based reporting offline, the county said. The county also said the web-based results had no correlation to the unofficial tabulated results received by the Wayne County Elections Division.

Garrett said the vendor has not corrected its system and they will not use web-based reporting for Tuesday's election.

“I’d rather have accuracy than a glossy presentation," Garrett said in a statement. "An interactive web-based results page won’t matter if the information isn’t timely or properly displayed."

Jewel Ware, Wayne County Commission vice chair pro tempore called for an investigation into the system, saying in August that the glitch was "extremely problematic as the voting process should be error free as well as voters should know the process is without issues.”


In a statement Friday, Ware said she supports the decision to part ways with the software company. “I am in favor of making this change now, but we still need to look at a long term solution for future elections,” she said.

Wayne County Elections Division previously created PDF reports, which were uploaded to the Wayne County Clerk's website.

"This is a much less interactive method for viewing results by the public, but it is the only method available to Wayne County at this time," said a county press release.

Results summaries on election night can be found at the link for Wayne County’s Unofficial Electionswww.waynecounty.com/elected/clerk/election-results.aspx.

If there are no official results for the primary, that would tend to lead some to believe there would be no official results for the general election.

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