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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.