Elections Nova Scotia computer glitch creates confusion, inconvenience for River Hebert and area voters
RIVER HEBERT-Technology didn’t do any favours for hundreds of eligible voters living in River Hebert. In fact, it has created chaos and confusion, leaving many to wonder why they have to vote in Southampton on October 8 instead of at their local polling station located at the River Hebert Fire Hall.
“I live 150 metres from a polling station at the River Hebert Fire Hall,” stated River Hebert resident David LeBlanc. “Because I live on the other side of Highway 242, I have to drive to Southampton to vote on Election Day,” he added. “This is at least a 40 km drive each way,” claimed LeBlanc.
LeBlanc isn’t alone. In fact, he estimates that about 200 other eligible voters are facing the same dilemma if they want to cast their ballot this Tuesday.
“I am not alone as there is around 200 people who live within 4 km of the polling station who will have to drive the 40 km,” stated LeBlanc.
According to a source, Elections Nova Scotia, which is accepting 100 per cent responsibility, experienced a computer glitch that caused such boundary lines as the Boars Back Road to be split: half of the voters were told to vote in River Hebert while the other half of were told to vote in Southampton.
Due to the fact that voter cards were sent out late, it was too late to rectify the glaring discrepancy that affected River Hebert voters living along parts of the Boars Back Road; Head of the River; Main Street and Beech Hill.
Voters living in Maccan, notwithstanding some people living on Athol Road leading out of Springhill, were also affected by the aforementioned glitch.
Mobile polling stations, which has served as a Band-Aid solution for this glitch, was used by affected voters in Maccan on Wednesday, the last day that mobile polling stations were available to voters during this election.
“I found out they had a mobile pole for the area last Saturday (from 1:00-3:00 pm at the River Hebert Villa) a little too late,” stated LeBlanc.
The Cumberland South Advance Poll is Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the Nappan United Church from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.
“I wonder how many people will not vote now because of this little fiasco,” asked Tracey LeBlanc. If voters are unable to find transportation to a polling station on Election Day, they should contact the office of their local candidate.