No changes to election result after recount
Election 2013: Recount sought after 18 vote difference for sixth spot on council
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 05:08 pm
A recount of the results from Monday’s election in Okotoks won’t be released until Thursday morning, however, a Town spokesperson said it hasn’t changed who was elected to town council.
Council candidate Nicole Watkins requested a recount after just 18 votes separated her from fellow candidate Ken Heemeryck, who took the sixth spot on council. Heemeryck received 1,785 votes, while Watkins received 1,767 votes.
Nancy Weigel, Okotoks communications manager, said the recount was completed on Wednesday afternoon and it has not changed who was elected to council.
“The count did not change the election results for the individual, but we are reconfirming,” she said.
The final results of the recount will be released on Thursday morning.
Weigel wouldn’t go into details, but she said the recount revealed a slight discrepancy. As a result, images of the ballots were sent to Dominion Voting Systems, the company that owns the voting machines used by the Town, to validate the results.
“We are just now having the images checked,” said Weigel.
Heemeryck was elected to council along with incumbents Matt Rockley, Ed Sands and Ray Watrin, along with fellow newcomers Tanya Thorn and Carrie Fischer.
Ken Heemeryck said he thought a recount could be held after the election, given how close the vote was between himself and Watkins.
“I know that I’m still going to be a councillor, I understand that part,” he said. “As far as the numbers go, I would imagine there would be almost no difference in the numbers, but I don’t know that yet.”
Watkins couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon.