Milton council recently approved a recount request for Milton Ward One results in the 2014 election. By a vote of 6-2 (Clr Malboeuf and I voted against) a recount was approved and to be held today.
Earlier this morning the recount begun and after a few hours the results were released showing no change in the vote count. Clr Elect Robert Duvall – Milton Ward 1 Councillor, who won by 14 votes, is expected to be confirmed by Town officials as the duly elected representative for Ward one. There is a time frame of 16 days where the results can be appealed but that is not expected.
Here is the article of the decision by council to approve the recount. My reasoning is included in the article.
“Councillors Mike Cluett and Rick Malboeuf voted against the recount, citing the $4,000 in legal expenses that the Town would have to incur.
“From a numbers point of view, I feel that it would be highly unlikely the vote count to change that drastically given the number of votes cast. I feel confident that the results would be the same and therefore I look at what impact it would have on taxpayers for the cost of the recount,” said Cluett.
Local and Regional Councillor Colin Best said the recount was necessary because Barkley lost by such a small number of votes, which could easily be the result of faulty optical scanners or ballots with unclear markings.”
Councillor Elect Robert Duvall told me earlier today that hes glad this is over and is looking forward to begin working on council starting December 1st.