Idox e-Counting for Scottish Local Government Elections
- Published: 29 April 2016
The next Scottish local government elections will take place in 2017, and will result in the election of approximately 1,200 councillors in 353 wards across all of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities (see Local government in Scotland).
Scotland uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, making it possible for the electorate to vote for every candidate in order of preference which is considerably more complex than the first past the post system – where the public votes for just one candidate.
Due to this complexity, manual voting in an STV election can take considerably longer and may delay the declaration of the result. After the successful delivery of the 2012 elections, once again, the local elections will be electronically counted using the same system previously supplied by Idox Elections.
With Idox Elections e-counting solution, scanning ballot papers can be achieved in four hours and calculations take just minutes improving the accuracy and auditability of results.
Charles Reppke, Deputy Returning Officer for Argyll and Bute Council commented: “We used the Idox e-count solution at the last Local Government elections in 2012, including the rescheduled count for the countermanded Dunoon ward and also for four by-elections.
The system has proved reliable and efficient on all of our deployments across a range of venues and has delivered accurate prompt and transparent results.”
For more information or to discover how Idox Elections can support your council, contact: Idox Elections.