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Elections Canada Announces another Recount

Elections Canada today announced that there will be a second judicial recount for the 2015 federal election, this one in the electoral district of Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte.

This follows the announcement of a recount in Edmonton Mill Woods.

This time in Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte its the Conservative candidate who received the most votes, 108 more than the Liberal candidate.

The recount will begin on October 30, 2015.

Judicial Recount in Edmonton Mill Woods

Elections Canada announced yesterday that there will be a judicial recount in the electoral district of Edmonton Mill Woods.

Liberal candidate Amarjeet Sohi was elected in Edmonton Mill Woods with 20,398 votes (41.2%), 79 votes more than Conservative party candidate Tim Uppal.

Pursuant to section 301 of the Election Acts (Canada), an elector may request a recount if there is credible evidence that (a) a deputy returning officer has incorrectly counted or rejected any ballots, or has written an incorrect number on the statement of the vote for the votes cast for a candidate; or (b) the returning officer has incorrectly added up the results set out in the statements of the vote.

The recount will begin on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

If you are interested in learning all about the federal judicial recount process, Elections Canada has produced a detailed and lengthy Judicial Recount Manual which is available on its website.

Official Alberta Election Results Ready on May 15th

According to this CBC article, Elections Alberta will announce the official results from the May 5 Alberta election on May 15th.

After polling day, returning officers are tasked with doing an official count of the votes, which is a way of checking that all the addition of the votes from the numerous polling stations has been done correctly and that all the ballots have been accounted for.

You can read about the procedures undertaken at the official count in sections 136-138 of the Election Act (Alberta).

Usually the official count is an administrative formality, but on May 15th all eyes will be on the official count for the electoral district of Calgary – Glenmore, where there was a tie after the unofficial count on polling day between the PC candidate and the NDP candidate.

If the official count confirms that there is a tie in Calgary – Glenmore, the returning officer for that electoral district is required pursuant to section 144(5) of the Act to apply for a judicial recount.

If the result is still tied after the judicial recount, then pursuant to section 147 of the Act it heads to an appeal which is heard by the Court of Appeal.

Finally, if the result is tied after the appeal, the returning officer is required by section 148(8) of the Act to declare that no candidate was elected for the electoral district, which triggers a by-election under section 149 of the Act.