Idox wins against incumbent provider and bags double deals for print and postal vote support in the forthcoming Scottish elections

The three Ayrshire Councils and Scottish Borders Council have chosen to partner with Idox for the 2022 council elections in Scotland to be held on Thursday, 5 May to ensure a smooth, efficient voting process for thousands of eligible voters.

As part of the deals, the councils will use Idox’s Postal Vote Management Service (PVMS) and election print services to benefit from a fully managed, end-to-end service including the scanning and verification of 100% of all returned postal votes. The partnerships will see the Idox team provide expertise and support ahead of the upcoming elections, as well as any subsequent and unexpected snap elections that occur during the contract period.

Idox’s PVMS is a managed service that includes hardware, software, project management, and further staff, if required, to scan and verify 100% of returned postal packs and associated postal vote statements. Its scalable and fully integrated system empowers elections teams with greater reliability, speed, unparalleled accuracy, and traceability, as well as enhanced security. With customisable workflows, extensive automation, unrivalled data quality checks and data analytics tools, Idox’s PVMS system ensures efficient administration through the election process.

The team at Idox has a strong heritage of supporting elections, with extensive experience in delivering outsourced managed services, overseeing the complexities of each process, and ensuring customers run their elections with complete security and confidence. Idox will manage the intricacies of the print process in future elections for North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and Scottish Borders Council, from consultation and design to printing and distribution, including customisation according to the councils’ brand guidelines, as well as guaranteed reassurance that all electoral legislation has been adhered to. This demonstrates the company’s ability to support the entire electoral spectrum, reducing local authority workload and delivering democracy in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Scottish Borders Council commented, “Scottish Borders Council is pleased to be working again with Idox for the forthcoming local government elections, where they will be supporting us with our management of postal votes, as well as providing our election printing. In previous elections, Idox has offered us a reliable and professional service, and we look forward to utilising their expertise once again in May.”

Idox won both the deals in February, beating the incumbent provider.

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Published on: 20 April 2022

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