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May 07, 2010

DRS e-Counting delivers again in Scotland

DRS e-Counting solutions have once again delivered results efficiently and effectively in Scotland, this time in the Drumchapel/Anniesland Ward by-election.  Returning officer, George Black hailed the election a huge success. Running alongside the enormous manual count operation for the Parliamentary Election, the Drumchapel/Anniesland ward ballot papers were scanned in approximately 50 minutes.

With an electorate of just under twenty thousand, the postal and normal ballot papers were electronically counted using three DRS PhotoScribe® scanners. With a 52 percent turnout, the papers were registered, scanned, verified and adjudicated where necessary by the Returning Officer and his staff.  Using an extremely small team of experienced staff the results were delivered just 55 minutes after scanning was completed.   The winning candidate was elected at the first stage. If counted manually it could have taken in excess of 30 staff between five and six hours to complete the count.

This is the fourth time that Glasgow City Council has chosen the DRS e-Counting solution to complete their by-election count.  Building on the strong partnership, created during the delivery of the highly complex 2007 STV Scottish Local Government elections, the Glasgow City Council and DRS teams worked hand-in-hand to deliver timely, accurate results.

Glasgow City Council Returning Officer, George Black, said: “For this sort of election, electronic counting allows us to produce a result more quickly and more accurately than would ever be the case with manual counting.  This is the fourth time we have used the DRS e-Counting system for a by-election and once again it has proved to be a huge success.”

DRS elections specialist, Sonya Anderson comments: “DRS is delighted to have once again worked with Glasgow City Council.  DRS always aim to deliver secure, accurate results while reducing the administrative burden of counts.  It would simply not be possible to complete a complex STV election this quickly by hand.  By-elections such as these are such an important demonstration of what can be achieved when Returning Officers are able to realise the benefits of electoral modernisation technology.”

Additional information

DRS has repeatedly delivered accurate, robust and secure e-Counting solutions around the world. Its technology gives assurance that the correct number of ballot papers are entered into the count and each paper is counted once, votes are electronically recorded where the voter’s intent is clear, images of ballot papers where the voter’s intent is not clear are passed to election officials for adjudication and higher security measures are applied through audit trails and access controls.

For more information please contact:
Katie McBreen or Richard McCann
Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL
Telephone: 0845 500 1140