MEDIA RELEASE: Voting System on Election Night

print-logo October 23, 2018

Municipality of Port Hope Not Affected by Voting System Anomaly on Election Night  

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Port Hope, ON


Throughout the province, many municipalities extended their voting period on Election Night as a result of the major technical difficulties that they were experiencing with their voting system platforms. Residents of the Municipality of Port Hope are assured that the system used by the Municipality was not the same platform used by those municipalities that experienced the critical glitches, data system slowdowns or failures.

“The voter turnout in Port Hope was well in line with previous voter turnout, at 44.9 percent of eligible electors who cast their electronic ballot during the voting period, which began in our municipality on October 9,” noted Brian Gilmer, Municipal Clerk and Returning Officer for the Municipality of Port Hope. “Our electronic voting platform performed as it should throughout the voting period and we did not experience a technical malfunction of the system.”

While there was some pressure on the system within the last 30 minutes of the voting period, electronic ballots continued to filter in through the system and electors were able to access the platform by internet or by telephone right up until 8 p.m., when the polls in Port Hope officially closed.

The certified results of the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election will be issued by the Returning Officer on Wednesday, October 24, and will be posted on the municipal website at

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For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram, Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248