Training 'vital' for London elections

Lloyd, Tom
July 2004
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p6
Trade Publication
Around 1,500 people were taught to work with electronic vote-counting machines to meet the massive demand created by the London mayoral and EU elections, which were held on the same day last month. Around 5.2m people were eligible to vote in the elections, and 12m ballot papers, of three different types, were produced. 'They are unusual, specialised machines, and they do take a bit of getting used to,' said Michael Rodd, a spokesman for DRS Inc. In addition, 1,000 local authority staff had to be taught to work alongside the electronic vote-counting process. They had to be aware of how the machines worked, so the teams could operate at the same time. 'Thanks to the electronics, these processes can all happen in parallel', said Rodd. Electronic vote-counting was first tried in the 2000 mayoral elections. It delivered an accurate result, but not as quickly as had been hoped. Rodd said, one of the key lessons learned was that more training was vital.


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