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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Did internet voting effect the election outcome?

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 6:38 PM

I'm now going through the final election results by district. This will likely take most of the evening, so check back, but I was most curious to see how internet voting affected the closest local race-- the council race for District 12, downtown Halifax.

Here are the numbers:

Internet voting
Downey- 116 (12.7%)
Ells- 24 (2.6%)
Sloane- 360 (39.3%)
Stuewe- 415 (45.4%)

Total votes (all polls, including internet voting)
Downey- 663 (23.04%)
Ells- 75 (2.61%)
Sloane- 1,144 (39.75%)
Stuewe- 996 (34.61%)

James Stuewe was most effective at getting out the internet vote, but lost in conventional voting and in the overall election. Oddly, Dawn Sloane remained constant through both portions of the election-- Stuewe's increase in the internet portion seems to have come from Downey's and Ells' shortfall. What does this mean? Maybe nothing; but if future elections go entirely to internet voting (and the related phone vote) with no conventional voting, it could affect the election outcomes considerably.

I'll have a more thorough analysis in the other races, as I complete them tonight.

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