New System Used for Glenrothes By-Election Postal Voting
There has been much talk about the postal votes in the Glenrothes by-election which took place last year. I'm not sure how many of you are aware that a Northern Ireland based company Opt2Vote was used for their expertise in postal voting. It's the first time this system has been used in Scotland but it has been used in England and the company boasts Shrewsbury & Atcham Council, Lewisham Council, Birmingham City Council, Halton Borough Council and Thanet District Council amongst their satisfied customers.
In their Newsletter No 6 the Glenrothes by-election is described as follows (please note the use of Scotland Region):
The Parliamentary By-Election for the Glenrothes Constituency for Fife
Council was one of the most hotly contested and publicised by -elections in recent
years with an 80% turnout of postal voters. It was delivered by OPT2VOTE’s team of
election management specialists on 6th November and was the first election in Fife
since the introduction of Personal Identifiers (PIs).
OPT2VOTE successfully delivered its Postal Vote Management Solution which
works with all EMS systems and included the provision of a postal vote management
team (including the staff to process returned postal votes) and all equipment.
OPT2VOTE also provided a full print service delivering poll cards, ballot papers and
Iain Grant, Fife Council commented,
“OPT2VOTE provided an excellent and timely service. The system used to prepare,
proof and sign off documentation was simple and easy to use. This was the first
election in Scotland where the Returning Officer was required to verify personal
identifiers on postal vote statements and with the help of OPT2VOTE and its Postal
Vote Management System we achieved 100% verification The staff of OPT2VOTE
were helpful and responded well to questions or issues raised by the Election
The Election was attended by representatives from 10 other constituencies. The
event was a great success and OPT2VOTE is looking forward to running more