2014 Municipal Election: Who Really Was Elected?

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – There are cheaters in all endeavours. Some people need to win at all costs. Others have something to protect and have to ensure they finish on top.

When it comes to elections at the municipal level in Canada, there are many opportunities for cheating with little to no oversight from the senior levels of government. And when irregularities are brought forward, there is little desire to bring cheaters to justice.

There are even some who will laugh at those exposing the cheaters, and will deny the cheating happens. But they are usually people who have something to gain by defending the cheaters.

Why do some feel they need to cheat to win?

Because they know they can’t get enough votes to win. They are members of the entitled class and don’t really believe in the democratic process.

In the end, when the truth surfaces, it is usually too late to undo the commissions and omissions of the cheating. The omissions are too many to be reasoned by error and the commissions, when explained in detail, are clearly acts with intent.

The entire gamut is covered from misinformation to so-called administrative errors to voter suppression to ballot machine tampering. They all compromise an election and all are calculated and thought out.

It doesn’t happen only on election day.  It requires failure upon failure to achieve their terms of success. That is a stolen win.

While the argument is always made that mistakes are made, one mistake after another after another, and so on, speaks to something much worse than negligence. It makes you wonder whether is this sheer incompetence or a scheme to be able to excuse later any error later with the answer of plausible deniability.

You can only make so many mistakes before credibility is questioned. At that point only a Superior Court Justice can weigh the degree of culpability and liability.

That is the point at which the complainants find themselves.

“This is exactly what we are up against when trying to get answers to all these so-called errors made by our City’s election officials,” they wrote to The Square. “During the five-month investigation, we have discovered too much to chalk it up to administrative error.”

Here is a list of discoveries made by the complainants. While it seems comprehensive, this is just a short list of errors, failures, obstruction, and

  1. Failed to pass a by-law to authorize the use of vote tabulators
  2. Failed to provide the proper interpretation of Section 42 of the Municipal Elections Act to the Windsor Police
  3. Failed to provide accurate information to the Windsor Police regarding the total number of Voter Notification Cards mailed and Canada Post credits received
  4. Failed to provide Windsor Police with strike off lists that balance eligible voters with official results
  5. Misrepresented the Preliminary List of Electors to candidates as the Official Voters List two weeks before legally allowed to do so
  6. Added countless dead and ineligible persons to the voter’s list
  7. Failed to ensure electors were not included more than once on the Official Voters List; some up to six times
  8. Failed to keep proper records of all election documents and related records
  9. Failed to keep accurate count of those who voted
  10. Failed to keep an accurate ballot count
  11. Failed to properly program the voting tabulators
  12. Failed to properly enumerate City-owned and operated facilities
  13. Failed to provide consistently truthful answers to how institutional voter cards were delivered
  14. Programmed the DS 200 ballot tabulator with the wrong time
  15. Failed to ensure that persons had reasonable and legal access to, and obtain extracts from, election records as permitted by the MEA
  16. Failed to ensure the voters list was accurate by using the required administrative tools at their disposal
  17. Failed to adhere to sections of the Assessment Act and the Vital Statistics Act
  18. Failed to account for all additions, deletions, and changes to the voter’s list
  19. Failed to provide the thousands of changes to the voters list to candidates
  20. Failed to provide the printer’s receipt for ballots
  21. Failed to provide accurate and complete printer’s receipt for Voter Notification Cards
  22. Failed to answer or comment regarding why the voters list is at more than 50 per cent variance to the provincial list generated only a few months before the city election. Note: The Windsor list should be larger considering more persons qualify to vote in municipal elections
  23. Failed to provide the third page of the postal invoice for voters cards
  24. Entered into non-disclosure agreement with Post Canada not to release information required by the MEA
  25. Failed to fulfil the MEA requiring giving candidates access to documents during office hours
  26. Refused to allow photographed extracts of documents to be taken, as prescribed under the MEA
  27. Provided possibly forged scratch-off lists with missing official’s initials
  28. Claimed thousands of residents attended City Hall to remove themselves from the voters list or add themselves to the list, but couldn’t provide the required forms needed to make the changes
  29. Failed to treat all Candidates in an equal and fair manner
  30. Failed to allow scrutineers into polls ahead of poll opening, or even at time of opening
  31. Failed to open polls on time
  32. Failed to provide zero reports for the DS 200
  33. Reported that the City mailed 2,399 institutional voting cards via Canada Post and subsequently reported they were hand delivered and no record exists
  34. Claimed no record exists because the City printed institutional voter cards in house, cut, dry boxed, sorted, and then driven to nursing homes around the City
  35. Refused to allow the examination of the current state of the ballot boxes while other cities said that wouldn’t be a problem
  36. Failed to count EL15s and report them publicly as required

“With all the irregularities, infractions, wilful blindness, cover-up, obstruction, and so-called errors, it is clear that who was elected was likely not chosen by the voters of Windsor,” the complainants contend. “Did your vote count toward the person you voted for? The likelihood is that it didn’t.”

It is crucial at this point in Windsor’s history that you stand up and demand that the persons responsible are held accountable. That can only happen if a proper investigation is undertaken.

“It is time that resident stand against corrupt practices and that those who turn a blind eye, or who participate, are questioned under oath,” the complainants demand. “Windsor will not move forward under this spell. Your retirement and your children and grandchildren’s futures hang in the balance.”

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About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.

2 Comments on "2014 Municipal Election: Who Really Was Elected?"

  1. The question the city taxpayers should be asking is what other things is our city officials covering up. During the election they all were for transparency and accountability, what happen did they forget what they promised us taxpayers. Our provincial government should conduct a full investigation into this matter, and the Ontario auditor general should be reviewing the city’s ledgers.

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