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Chief Electoral Statement on Delayed Results

January 31, 2013

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has released the results of the 2013 Executive and Trustee elections, as well as the 2013 Winter referendum results. These results were delayed for approximately 14 hours on the authority of the Chief Electoral Officer, who is tasked with upholding AMS elections policy. Only once the elections were validated were the results announced to the candidates and to the public.

The delay was the result of two events. Firstly, the system that VoteNet uses to tabulate a winner under their ‘preferential ballot’ setting gave winners based on ‘ballot points’ and not raw votes (see previous release for full explanation). Secondly, once a solution to this problem was discovered, around 9pm, it became apparent that VoteNet was unable to export the raw data required to determine a winner due to the size of the file in question. Despite efforts to correct the problem yesterday evening, the AMS Elections Team had to wait until 7:15 this morning in order to receive the data required to determine a winner. The process used to determine a winner was only utilized after careful scrutiny from the AMS Elections Team. Scrutineers from all three Executive campaigns were also present, and expressed satisfaction with the process. It is important to note that the final tabulations were carried out in accordance with AMS Policy surrounding a preferential, multi-round voting system.

“We understand that delaying the results is not optimal, but our first priority is and must be the correct execution of our elections. There are a lot of safeguards in our electoral process, and this is an example of those checks leading to a proper outcome.” – Caileigh Simpson, Chief Electoral Officer

Please direct all questions or concerns on this matter to Caileigh Simpson, Chief Electoral Officer, at or 613-533-6000 ext. 74851.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.


Alma Mater Society (AMS) -

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.