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Election 2018

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Due to a technical issue by our voting system provider (Dominion Voting Systems), the Township of Springwater extended the polls until 8 p.m. on October 23. Read the full declaration and Dominion Voting Systems' statement for details. 

More information about the 2018 Municipal Election can be found in the sidebars and in the FAQs below.

2018 Election FAQs

What caused the online voting interruption?

Just after 6:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018, our online/telephone voting vendor, Dominion Voting Systems, experienced a service disruption that affected multiple Ontario Municipal Election customers. Dominion Voting Systems has issued a statement that cites a load issue caused by a third-party “Toronto-based Internet Colocation provider” placing an unauthorized limit on incoming voting traffic that was roughly one tenth of the system’s designated bandwidth.

How many municipalities were affected?

51 municipalities were affected, including the following municipalities in Simcoe County:

  • Springwater
  • Collingwood
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury
  • Penetanguishene
  • Oro-Medonte
  • Innisfil

How will this affect the vote?

The Township of Springwater, along with many other Simcoe County municipalities affected by this disruption, has extended the voting period through to Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Were any votes lost or compromised?

Dominion Voting Systems assures Ontario voters that at no time was the integrity of the system at risk of compromise, or in any way insecure.

How do I know that my vote went through?

If you did not receive a confirmation at the end of your vote, or were not able to complete your ballot for any reason, then your vote was not cast. You may try accessing the system again. The system will not allow entry to those whose ballot was successfully cast.

How can I vote?

Online and telephone voting is back online. Refer to your Voter Information Letter that you received by mail for the website address and phone number needed to vote. Traditional paper ballot voting will take place at the Township Administration Centre located at 2231 Nursery Rd, Minesing from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

How can we trust this won’t happen again?

Dominion Voting Systems is working with their third-party service provider to ensure that they will have the correct bandwidth to support today’s voting traffic. The Township of Springwater, along with other Simcoe County municipalities that were impacted by this service disruption, are exploring options for the future.



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