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Lloyd Burton, right, discusses the outcome of the judicial recount of the Irishtown-Summerside mayoral election held in provincial court in Corner Brook with his scrutineer, David Hunt, Thursday morning.
IRISHTOWN-SUMMERSIDE He may have gained two more votes, but Lloyd Burton has conceded that Tony Blanchard had more ballots cast in his favour in the race for mayor of Irishtown-Summerside this past September.
Burton had challenged the election results, which saw Blanchard named mayor by a margin of 15 votes, and sought to have the ballots counted in a courtroom.
That judicial recount took place at provincial court in Corner Brook Thursday morning. The end result saw two more votes go in favour of Burton, but the margin remained 13 more votes in favour of Blanchard.
Burton has vowed to continue his efforts to have legislation changed so that relatives of candidates cannot work as election officials.
Blanchardâ€™s wife and sister-in-law have conducted municipal elections for years and worked the latest vote in Irishtown-Summerside.