Ballots cast for mayor in the small community of Peachland, B.C., will be counted again by hand on Monday to verify a tie, after a provincial court judge gave the green light to a judicial recount.
Incumbent Mayor Cindy Fortin and challenger Harry Gough are tied with 804 votes each following last week’s election.
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Gough was initially declared the winner by just one vote over Fortin but an election official had reported that one ballot was not properly fed when a voting machine jammed.
If the tie is confirmed, the district’s chief election officer Polly Palmer says the winner must be determined by a provincial court judge drawing lots.
The process is similar to drawing a name from a hat.
The judicial recount was approved Friday and will take place at the Peachland Community Centre.
The Canadian Press