Board Of Elections Corrects Website Problem

For county residents paying attention to election results during Tuesday’s primary through the Chautauqua County Board of Elections website, you might have noticed two reporting programs being used.

Norman Green, Chautauqua County Board of Elections Democratic commissioner, said a technical problem caused the county Board of Elections to revert to its backup election night reporting program for its votechautauqua.com website.

“We used (the new reporting program) for the first time in the 2018 general election. We rolled it out and it worked perfectly,” he said. “Last night, no one from the outside world could see it. It only worked internally.”

Green said county Board of Election officials had a backup plan to revert to the old reporting program, which was successful switch to as planned.

“When things go wrong and you have a plan that means everything worked perfectly because we had a plan,” he said.

Green said the older reporting program that runs on Adobe Flash Player is not supported by Apple products so that is why the county Board of Elections has switched to the new reporting program. He also said the new program is more colorful and easier to navigate.

On Tuesday, Green said the county Board of Elections was the first county in the 57th State Senate District to report all districts to the state Board of Elections for reporting on the Internet.

“No one was close to Chautauqua County,” he said.

The county Board of Elections will count absentee/affidavit results on Tuesday and certify all primary elections. Green said the only race it appears that could be impacted by an absentee/affidavit vote is the Independence Party primary in the town of Carroll for town clerk. Currently Susan Rowley leads the Independence Party primary over incumbent Tenneil Stelmack by a 20 to 19 vote. However, one absentee ballot was received for the primary.

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