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Stewiacke election results to stand in face of ‘illegal’ voting

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STEWIACKE, N.S. - Illegal ballots cast in Stewiacke during last fall’s municipal voting are not sufficient enough to warrant a new election, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has ruled.

Seven votes were cast improperly on behalf of other electors using telephone voting identity protection PINs by two individuals who were not qualified as “friend voters” under election laws. But in a written ruling released this week, Justice Michael Wood said the number of votes involved was not enough to set aside the initial Stewiacke results and therefore would not warrant conducting a new election.

The seven votes cast “illegally” by Janice Peterson and Judy Stoddart were disallowed.

Mayor Wendy Robinson won her second term by a margin of 14 votes. Eleven candidates ran for six councillor positions and the seventh place candidate lost by a margin of 12 votes.

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Seven votes were cast improperly on behalf of other electors using telephone voting identity protection PINs by two individuals who were not qualified as “friend voters” under election laws. But in a written ruling released this week, Justice Michael Wood said the number of votes involved was not enough to set aside the initial Stewiacke results and therefore would not warrant conducting a new election.

The seven votes cast “illegally” by Janice Peterson and Judy Stoddart were disallowed.

Mayor Wendy Robinson won her second term by a margin of 14 votes. Eleven candidates ran for six councillor positions and the seventh place candidate lost by a margin of 12 votes.

More to follow.

 

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