Elections Commissioner won’t say if software vendor will be held responsible for Election Night results delay

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County’s Democratic Elections Commissioner wasn’t willing to say Wednesday how, or if, he’ll hold the software vendor accountable for the delay in election results.

Beyond that, Democratic Commissioner Dustin Czarny and Republican Commissioner Michele Sardo shared everything they learned about why their office was slow at reporting results to the public Tuesday night.

The commissioners stress than the delay was only in making the results available to the public and reporters via the Board of Elections website and there were no technical difficulties with the counting or accuracy of the votes.

Until early voted started this year, election results were uploaded to a secure computer in small batches as voting data memory cards returned from polling districts across the county. Since early voting was completed before Election Night, all of those results were uploaded at once — too much for the computer to handle.

Czarny tells NewsChannel 9’s Andrew Donovan, “The vendor has fixed it. It didn’t get fixed until 11:00 that night, but it is fixed. We’re very confident going forward it will work a lot better.”

Onondaga County has used vendor Sage Smith, which sells election data software. Andrew’s email to the company, asking about a refund to Onondaga County taxpayers, hasn’t been responded to.

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