Thornhill riding recount starts on Monday

Counting error handed initial win to Liberal candidate

When Liberal MPP candidate Sandra Yeung Racco won the Thornhill riding in the provincial election she was thrilled.

It didn't matter that she only won by 85 votes.

But the thrill was short-lived because a counting error handed the win to PC incumbent Gila Martow by the same 85-vote margin.

At 9 Monday morning, the counting will start again to declare the official winner in Thornhill.

The recount will take one or two days and will cost about 75-thousand dollars.

An application for a judicial recount automatically occurs when a race is closer than 25 votes.

In a statement released June 14, Yeung Racco said, “It was obviously a disappointment to learn that Elections Ontario has reversed the result reported on election night,” she said. “Moreover, we are alarmed at the number of what Elections Ontario deemed to be ‘transposition and minor clerical errors’ that led to this decision.  When the results are as close as they were, it is imperative to ensure that every vote was counted properly.”  

Martow said she is clearly against a recount.

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  1. rob posted on 06/23/2014 06:36 AM
    How does it cost $75,000 to count ballots?
    1. Sonny posted on 06/23/2014 10:20 AM
      @rob It's the price of democracy. Imagine if you won then lost because of tabulation error given that there are several candidates?!
    2. G Man posted on 06/23/2014 03:04 PM
      @Sonny Having a recount is the price of democracy. Paying through the nose for it is the price of inefficiency and stupidity. It's probably more than $1 to count each ballot!
  2. Jim posted on 06/23/2014 07:45 AM
    If the result remains unchanged I think the Liberal candidate and Liberal party should have to cover the costs.
    1. mike posted on 06/23/2014 09:54 AM
      @Jim isn't there a rule that if you get skunked/bitch slapped so bad like the dumb azz conservatives did that their party should pay for the whole election?
  3. Doug G posted on 06/23/2014 10:18 AM
    Seeing as how the Liberals wasted over a billion taxpayers money to buy 5 seats in the previous election, the liberal party should pay that back first!!!!!!
  4. tanjo posted on 06/23/2014 11:14 AM
    Why would Martow be "clearly" against a recount?

    I would think with the circumstances around the reversal, she would want a clear decision without a cloud over her head for four years. I would say "I don't like the cost, but if my opponent feels strongly about it, then lets clear this up once and for all."

    The way she said it makes it sound like her victory trumps the electoral process.
    1. Sonny posted on 06/23/2014 11:19 AM
      @tanjo That's because that electoral district has been headed by a Con. Provincially AND Federally
  5. dama posted on 06/23/2014 02:44 PM
    Can you imagine this recount cost the Liberal the majority government???

    I bet Wynne will not be that quiet on this recount !!

    and Tim Hudak will still be the PC leader...
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