Irishtown-Summerside recount confirms Blanchard won mayoral race

Gary Kean
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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.

Blanchard’s wife and sister-in-law have conducted municipal elections for years and worked the latest vote in Irishtown-Summerside.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • Lillian
    December 14, 2013 - 03:43

    Regarding the comment about passing a law against relatives working an election together, I would like to say that if that were the case we probably wouldn't get anyone at all to work our elections. This is a very small community and it is difficult to find people who are not related. All election officials must take an oath and there were scrutineers present to oversee the whole process. It is also getting more difficult to find people to participate and help out with any event. If people have a problem with family members working together to benefit our community then maybe they should get out and do it themselves. Mr. Burton got his day in court and Mr. Blanchard is still mayor so it's time for him to get over it and move on. We should now focus on supporting our mayor and try to make out town a better place for all of us.

  • Laughable
    December 12, 2013 - 16:56

    There a best seller book in our community..LOL

    • Joan
      December 14, 2013 - 16:22

      Yes, laughable our little community has certainly been the brunt of jokes lately. It's too bad some people wouldn't take all that energy and use it for something positive instead of petty BS.

  • Resident
    December 12, 2013 - 15:51

    Not everyone is dishonest, I voted & saw nothing wrong with the way things were handled. Both ladies acted in a very professional manner & there were scrutineers there to ensure everything way done accordingly.

  • Linda
    December 12, 2013 - 12:46

    Mr Burton, I do agree with you concerning this issue , there should be a law against it.