TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Dominion Voting Systems shares the public concern about events that delayed the release of election results in New Brunswick on September 22, 2014. As a result, it has completed a comprehensive internal review of all aspects of the electronic voting equipment and systems it supplied to the province.
"As leaders in the international election services business, our systems comply with the highest standards and operating requirements in the world," said John Poulos, President and CEO of Dominion Voting Systems. "The integrity of our processes and protocols is always our top priority."
On election night, Elections New Brunswick successfully and securely delivered election results using Dominion's products and software. This was done via telephone from each polling station, followed by delivery of data from encrypted memory cards over a closed network to a secure server. The integrity of the election results was never compromised.
Following that, incomplete information was transferred to the media because an external piece of software was used that did not have an appropriate validation process. This file transfer software was installed in order to expedite the transfer of results from the closed network secure server to media outlets. This software was not provided, installed or used by Dominion Voting Systems – as has been previously reported.
"It is a basic tenet of democracy that election results be released to the public as soon as they are available – and technology has done a lot to make that possible. The danger lies in introducing software that is not pre-approved, which is unfortunately what happened in the case of Elections New Brunswick," said Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Chief Elector Officer for Canada (1990-2007), President and CEO of International Foundation of Electoral Systems (2007-2009) and an advisor to Dominion Voting Systems.
In a subsequent post-election review of its equipment, systems and processes, Dominion Voting Systems has confirmed the irregularities that appeared on the media server were solely due to this inadequate file transfer software.
Following the completion of the review, the company has modified its best practices to ensure that all software that transfers results out of Dominion's tabulation server will now require Dominion's approval.
Dominion Voting Systems Corporation is a leading global election systems provider based in Canada. Hundreds of electoral management bodies have successfully used Dominion's systems in thousands of elections to accurately tabulate and report over 100 million ballots in jurisdictions around the world.
SOURCE: Dominion Voting Systems Corp.
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