70,000 ballots canceled during a Scottish election

On the 3rd of September, the BBC revealed that during the last recent Scottish elections in May, about 70,000 ballots have been automatically canceled by the counting machines with no human oversight.

Actually, about 140,000 ballots were counted as spoilt and some of them were automatically rejected. What were the conditions to reject these 70,000s ? Is it « we take randomly an half of the spoilt ballots and we reject them » ? Or yet « we reject 50% of the spoilt ballot for each possible result » ? What is the method ? This is a public election concerning all Scottish people, so it should be definitely released and broadcasted to the citizens.

Apart of that, « the Conservative Party condemned the Scotland Office for being slow to release the information ». If the BBC investigation did not lead to this announce, would it have ever been released ?

In 2003, in Belgium, 4096 ballots that were cancelled. Wikipedia article says «The error was only detected because she had more preferential votes that her own list which is impossible in the voting system. The official explanation was The spontaneous creation of a bit at the position 13 in the memory of the computer».

What’s next ? A million of canceled/forgotten/changed ballots ?

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