Vote recount ordered in Halifax riding

A judge in Halifax has ordered a vote recount in District 3 of the Halifax Regional Municipality, a close race for Halifax regional council that was won first by Jackie Barkhouse, then by Bill Karsten.

Close race for District 3 between Jackie Barkhouse, Bill Karsten

At last count, Bill Karsten won District 3 by 68 votes. (CBC)

A judge in Halifax has ordered a vote recount in District 3 of the Halifax Regional Municipality, a close race for Halifax regional council that was won first by Jackie Barkhouse, then by Bill Karsten.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady will tally the votes on Nov. 28, which leaves District 3 without a representative until that time.

Half a day has been set aside to recount the votes. While recounting votes usually takes one day, officials said this recount would take less time because 55 per cent of the votes cast in District 3 were submitted electronically.

On the night of the Oct. 20 municipal election, the race between the two incumbents went back and forth as results came in, with Barkhouse being named the winner by just six voted — a fraction of a per cent.

In the days following the election, Karsten filed for a recount.

Jackie Barkhouse won District 3 originally by a margin of six votes. (CBC)

Cathy Mellett, the returning officer for the Halifax Regional Municipality, then said a review of the ballots had flipped the results, giving the city's former deputy mayor his seat on council.

Mellett said there was a mistake and one poll had called in its results twice, shifting the numbers in Karsten's favour by 68 votes.

Corrections

  • We initially reported that Bill Karsten and Jackie Barkhouse were the only candidates running in the constituency. In fact, Jim MacDonald also ran in District 3.
    Nov 19, 2012 2:36 PM AT