Improvements in technology and challenges in the understanding of how votes are delivered, electronically transmitted, and counted mark the election experience of Annual Conference 2015.
At registration, each delegate received a hand held device to replace paper balloting and hand tabulation, which the Annual Conference used in years past. This method has proved to be both quick and accurate. For others, however, the time sensitive window for voting and the process to know whether the computer received your ballot presented a challenge for some delegates.
Option Technologies, provider of electronic voting services, explains that, because the votes are taken every 45 seconds and the receipt of each vote has a 60 second turn around time, one may not receive the confirmation of the vote until after the next vote has been called. However, Option Technologies assures voters, that regardless of the timing of their ‘received’ notice, “the vote is counted .”
While technical problems and difficulty seeing the results on the screens have been voiced, they have also been attended and corrected. The “Help Desk” remains open for all voters who have a question or concern about their device.