Elections New Brunswick
result-reporting

Delay in results reporting

In accordance with An Act Respecting Municipal General Elections in 2021, election results for the May 10, 2021 municipal council, district education council and regional health authority board elections shall not be released until all eligible electors in the province have voted.

Because elections in the Edmundston-Madawaska region were suspended during the COVID-19 lockdown in Health Zone 4, electors in that region were temporarily delayed from voting.

With the lifting of the Edmundston-Madawaska lockdown on Monday April 26, election activities resumed, and May 25 was set as their new Election Day.

In accordance with An Act Respecting Municipal General Elections in 2021, the Municipal Electoral Officer has directed election officers to refrain from counting, reporting and recording votes cast, until Tuesday May 25, the last scheduled ordinary polling day in the Edmundson-Madawaska region.

Because of the legislated requirement to delay the reporting of results until May 25, under section 47.01 of the Municipal Elections Act, the Municipal Electoral Officer has modified the process for the closing of the polls and counting of the ballots.

In regions of the province where voting is completed on Monday, May 10, municipal returning officers from those regions have been directed to send all sealed tabulation machines and all sealed ballot transfer boxes containing cast ballots to the Municipal Electoral Officer in Fredericton, where they will be stored securely until the last scheduled ordinary polling day.  

On May 25, election officers designated by the Municipal Electoral Officer will close the polls on each tabulation machine returned by the municipal returning officers,  A results report will be printed and the data will be retrieved from the sealed memory cards, the same processes that would normally have been completed on May 10.

Results from each municipal region will be processed in numerical order.  

The Integrity Commissioner of New Brunswick, Charles Murray, will join the Municipal Electoral Officer on site to observe the entire process from start to finish.  Media outlets who wish to watch and report on the process will also have access to the live video feed.

On May 25, following the close of polls at 8:00 p.m., the results from tabulation machines processed under the supervision of the Municipal Returning Officer will be published at:

Tabulation and reporting of results from polling stations in the Edmundston-Madawaska region will follow standard procedures, and will be published after all electors in the polling station have voted and the poll is closed.

Difference of 25 votes or less

In accordance with section 41.1 of the Municipal Elections Act, a candidate who was not declared elected can apply for a recount if there is a difference of 25 votes or less between the candidate declared elected and the candidate not elected.

The recount process is not automatic. A candidate must make a formal request to the municipal electoral officer or municipal returning officer no later than June 4, 2021.

Candidates who wish to request a recount can do so by emailing info@electionsnb.ca or by calling 1-888-858-8683 (VOTE).

Procedures that will be followed to conduct any recounts that are requested are still being finalized due to the election process modifications required as a result of the April lockdown that occurred in Edmundston-Madawaska.

Tie

In accordance with subsections 41(3) and 41(4) of the Municipal Elections Act, the municipal returning officer will proceed with a recount in the event of a tie between two or more candidates. This recount will take place in the presence of not less than two qualified electors, normally the affected candidates, and may include other candidates if there is a difference of 25 votes or less between them and the tied candidates.

If the vote remains tied after the recount, and if the candidates agree, the municipal returning officer will resolve the tie by putting separate pieces of paper containing the candidates’ names in a box and then drawing one out.  The candidate whose name was drawn out will be declared elected. If the candidates do not agree to this method, the municipal returning officer will make a request for a recount to a judge.

Judicial recount

In accordance with section 42 of the Municipal Elections Act, a candidate may apply to a judge for a judicial recount for one of the two following reasons:

  • A candidate who has participated in recount as described above and establishes to the satisfaction of the judge that an election officer has improperly counted the votes, or that there are disputed ballots from the recount.  The candidate must file their petition within 10 days of the completion of the recount done by the municipal returning officer.
  • A candidate who has lost by more than 25 votes but has reasons to believe the results may be incorrect. The candidate must file their petition no later than June 4, 2021.