Description: The recent New Brunswick election not only produced a new government; it also produced a rather intriguing situation when the vote counting machines malfunctioned, causing concerns about the process. Elections NB blamed the problem on a software malfunction. Meanwhile, a number of political officials have been calling for hand counts of the ballots.
Date: September 23, 2014
Questions for Discussion:
1) What do you think should be done in this situation? Should there be a hand recount of all ballots?
2) Would an audit of the results be a possible solution to restore voter confidence? What level of assurance would an audit firm provide on such an assignment?
3) What lessons might there be for other Canadian jurisdictions in this tabulation machine malfunction?