Canada Case Study:
June 20, 2012
BACKGROUND In recent years, there have been more and more mandates to adopt new methods of improving the accessibility and services to Canadian electors with disabilities. All levels of government turned to election service providers to make their elections as accessible as possible to improve the voting experience. By using the latest technologies available and removing any obstacles that an elector may have, they could help to improve the democratic process by ensuring that the voter’s voice would be heard.
The absence of common federal, provincial, and municipal requirements resulted in a widely diverse landscape of election system needs. Highly integrated, accessible, and multi-channel voting solutions were required to accommodate all variances. Increasing pressures to improve voter turnout fostered a culture to test new technologies, including internet voting.
The first integrated ADA Optical Scan device was used in the municipality of Quinte West.
The ImageCast® Precinct ADA was first used in elections in New Brunswick.
What Dominion Did.
In an environment where each jurisdiction has individual and unique needs, it became evident that a “one size fits all” solution was not going to suffice. Additionally, differences between each tier of government’s elections and the aggressive timelines inherent to the Canadian election calendar required simple, robust, and reliable solutions. Solutions that could be easily deployable and scalable for a widely diverse customer base. Dominion believed a highly configurable system was the only answer, one that could accommodate multiple channels of voting to meet increasing customer needs.
Dominion recognized that a suite of products would be required – all fully integrated for seamless application. Democracy Suite was introduced with the scalable ImageCast® line - the first all-in-one optical scan voting system with configurable accessibility options.
The product suite included precinct and central based tabulators, accessible voting capabilities via DRE, ballot marking, and internet options. In addition, the Election Management system was utilized to configure all components and election events, create ballots, and report the results of each election event as easily and quickly as possible.
Deployed across the country at all levels of government, Democracy Suite and ImageCast® saw huge success in accessible voting, paper tabulation, and internet voting.
The ImageCast® ADA was not only designed to meet the requirements set forth. It was also instrumental in ensuring that Canadian electors with disabilities could vote independently.
For many electors, this was the first time in their lives that they could vote independently, accurately and efficiently.
The ImageCast® Precinct ADA proved successful to more voters and election workers since it was easy-to-use while also proving to be secure, efficient and accurate.
With each passing year, the need for technology that’s more accessible, integrated and secure increases. Today more and more elections at every level are adopting this voting machine. In the province of Ontario, the use of the ICP ADA becomes more widespread due to its integrative capabilities.
From project kick-off to election
- Hardware configuration, delivery and setup
- Consumable manufacturing and delivery
- Customer training
- Software configuration, delivery and setup
- Programming and ballot design
- Ballot production and printing
- Logic and accuracy testing support
- Advance voting support
Election Day Support
As accessibility requirements increase with every election, Dominion continues to work with more municipalities and provinces to ensure that the ImageCast® Precinct ADA not only meets jurisdictional requirements but the needs of the Canadian electorate. Customers have seen firsthand the difference technology coupled with an experienced elections service provider can bring in making elections more accessible while still maintaining security and integrity.