The people of Canberra will know the results of Saturday’s ACT election as soon as the votes are counted thanks to F1 Solutions tailored voting management system.
Similar to the last ACT election in 2012, F1 Solutions was once again selected to work with Elections ACT (EACT) to deliver better-voting management through eLAPPS (Electronic Legislative Assembly Polling Place System).
This is no small task either with 284,000 registered voters heading to one of the 80 available polling stations on Saturday, 15 October 2016 to decide who will govern the ACT.
As of 30 September, 19,000 votes have already been issued. This total came from the six pre-poll voting centres and postal votes. Mr Phil Green, ACT Electoral Commissioner, says “Pre-poll voting is an easy alternative to postal voting for those who may be away from Canberra on polling day, or who for some other reason cannot attend a polling place on that day”.
This year’s election produced 141 candidates from 12 political parties vying for a spot in the assembly. The election will use the Hare-Clark System or proportional representation to elect 25 members in 5 multi-member electorates.
F1 Solutions is aiming to improve on the success of the 2012 system with a variation of enhancements that should benefit both voters and the Government.
Automated Election Management System
eLAPPS was created for the 2012 ACT Elections when F1 Solutions was awarded the contract by Elections ACT. EACT had made previous attempts with limited success. In 2012 they wanted to achieve much more. They wanted a solution that continued to work even if network connectivity was lost. A big factor was to reduce training effort by making the system simple and intuitive to use because the people using the system are mostly casual staff. A key measure of efficiency (cost savings) is to reduce the voter processing time, which EACT wanted to achieve to justify their investment. Another important objective was to make the election results known to the public and the media as soon as they came to hand. On top of these, EACT wanted to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire operation of setting up, running and closing the polling booths.
Benefits of Automated Election Management System
The software debuted on ACT Elections 2012 with impressive results. The quick voter look-up and mark-off helped decrease processing times by 20-30 seconds, which then led to shorter queues. It increased efficiency and effectiveness in operations by up to 20%. Meanwhile, staff performance improved by 40% because the system was intuitive and easy to use. The time it took to reconcile issued ballots versus voter mark-off reduced by 25%. The display of results was 25% faster compared to the previous election. Most significantly, multiple voting was eliminated.
The stellar performance of eLAPPS for ACT Elections 2012 impressed the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC). NTEC took a decision to engage with F1 Solutions to use eLAPPS for the recently concluded 27 August NT elections. NTEC were delighted with the results produced. On average, the processing time was decreased by 15 seconds. The staff productivity in the polling place increased by 30%. The display time was 40% faster. Furthermore, multiple voting incidents were slashed by 80%.
A by-product of using eLAPPS (digital solution) is the reduction of printed material/carbon footprint.
Interested in how eLAPPS operates and how election management automation is achieved? Go here.
F1 Solutions remains committed to providing convenient digital solutions for all levels of Government. Automating the elections in the two territories are just a few of the planned software projects we have released to improve how the public is served by the Government.
Remember polling day is on 15 October 2016. We hope you have a fast and pleasant experience casting your vote this year!
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