Calgary-Glenmore, election recounts to be announced May 15

Elections Alberta is to release the official results of the provincial election on May 15, including the outcome of the race in Calgary-Glenmore which ended in an unofficial tie.

Elections Alberta counting up tied vote, other close races

There was a tie in one riding — Calgary-Glenmore — between PC incumbent Linda Johnson and the NDP’s Anam Kazim during Alberta's election Tuesday. (Alberta Progressive Conservative Party/NDP)

Elections Alberta is to release the official results of the provincial election on May 15, including the outcome of the race in Calgary-Glenmore which ended in an unofficial tie.

Drew Westwater, Elections Alberta spokesman, says returning officers are conducting the official count of ballots in all 87 constituencies.

He says the official count is standard in Alberta and is used to confirm the results that were announced Tuesday night.

Westwater says Elections Alberta will automatically apply to the court for a judicial recount if there is still a tie in Calgary Glenmore after the numbers are verified.

Candidates who were in other close races also have the right to ask the for a judicial recount after official results are announced.

Westwater says the tie in Calgary-Glenmore shows that people are wrong when they believe their vote doesn't count and therefore fail to cast a ballot.

Each vote makes a difference

"Just think of the people in Calgary-Glenmore who didn't come out to vote," Westwater said Thursday.

"If they had gone to vote, they could have broken the tie, so one vote, one ballot, does make a difference."

After 28 days of campaigning and more than 21,000 ballots cast, Progress Conservative incumbent Linda Johnson and NDP challenger Anam Kazim each ended the night with 7,015 votes.

Two candidates in the southern Alberta constituency of Little Bow will also be watching the results of the official recount closely.

Wildrose candidate Dave Schneider defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Ian Donovan by just 12 votes.

The NDP won 53 seats in the election. The Wildrose won 21, the Progressive Conservatives 10, and the Liberals and Alberta Party one each.

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