2014 Municipal Election: Worse Than Originally Thought

Critchley declarationHeader-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Elections are pretty simple. Provided you do your homework and research the candidates standing for election and select the one who best represents your ideas, then all you do is mark your X beside their name and proceed with your day.

Why, then, is there so much confusion, when it comes to the 2014 municipal election results in Windsor?

Earlier it was disclosed that there are over 30,000 missing ballots. this discrepancy is easily seen when looking at the Public School Trustee results. Some people, however, say there is nothing wrong and offer up explanations based on smoke and mirrors rather than any concrete understanding. Sadly, there is also no desire for these people to view the evidence with an open mind.

On February 26, Windsor Police Sergeant Greg Meloche went before Superior Court Justice Renee Pomerance and applied for, and received, an order to seize all 2014 election materials from the City of Windsor. These materials included, but was not limited to, the ballots and ballot boxes used during the election.

Presumably, Sgt Meloche believed there was ample evidence provided by the complainants to warrant him going before Justice Pomerance to seek the order. Why would he have done so, otherwise?

Part of the evidence provided to Sgt Meloche was the discrepancy in ballots to the tune of over 30,000.

When examining the poll-by-poll results, also known as the Official Detailed Report, the City of Windsor states that there were 74,454 total ballots cast for Public School Trustee for all wards. The first discrepancy arises when learning that there were 58,770 ballots cast for mayor.

Remember, the terminology used is that provided by the City.

So, inconceivably, there were more ballots cast in the public school races than there was for mayor? That’s what the record shows.

PPEP5678 PP EP3410 PP EP129But the certain group of malcontents try to explain away the discrepancy by saying that you need to divide the 74,454 total ballots by 2 to get the actual number of persons who cast ballots. It should be noted that regardless if electors made as many as two selections for Public School Trustee, they still only received one ballot.

It should also be noted that not all electors casting a ballot chose two trustees in the public board races. Some chose two, some chose one, and some didn’t vote for any. In all cases, they would have still cast a ballot.

But not so, according to some. Others would try to have you believe that voters were given two ballots. But, that is just a ridiculous notion.

If we are to take the explanation at face value, then we would calculate  that 37,227 public school voters (74,454/2) cast ballots. Everything is fine, now, right?

Nope.

The truly dedicated will notice that the Statement of Results, certified and declared by Windsor Clerk Valerie Critchley on October 29, 2014, clearly shows that for Wards 1,2, and 9, for the public board, had an official turnout of 22,648 residents from a total of 46,269 eligible voters, or 48.95%.

EP 129“If you divide by 2, as they want you to, your turnout would fall to 24.5% for the English Public races in ward 1,2, and 9,” the complainants explained. “If we are to believe that those wards only had 24% of eligible voters cast their votes, then why the massive vote totals? We would have 11,324 people casting 18,099 votes. It would mean that almost all electors made the maximum of two selections.”

EP 3410For Wards 3,4, and 10 there were 47,849 eligible voters with 46.58% attending the polls, or 22,286 people.

EP 5678Lastly, in Wards 5,6,7, and 8 there was 29,520 voters casting ballots out of a total of 62,752 English public school supporters, or 47.04%.

Did anyone catch the problem?

The official turnout of electors voting in the English Public races is 74,454. But how can that be if we are supposed to be dividing that number by 2 to get the real number of voters in the poll-by-poll results?

The apologists cannot have their cake and eat it, too.

Either the ballots cast, and the voter turnout, was 37,227, or it was 74,454. When looking at the election as a whole, there is either over 37,000 ballots missing or there is more than 37,000 extra ballots.

Adding a wrench to the mayhem, that is the City of Windsor Clerk’s Office, there is the added issue of the official election turnout for the City as a whole.

City Clerk Valerie Critchley certified that there were 156,870 eligible voters within the City of Windsor. She reports that 58,770 ballots were cast for an official turnout of 37.46%.

Clearly Critchley and the City are equating one ballot to one vote. But the official results would not allow for any votes from French or Separate School supporters.

If you add the eligible voters for the English Public Trustee races above, it comes to the total voters, only for the English Board, of 156,870. If that is true, then what happened to the 14,694 voters who cast ballots in the French and Separate race, not to mention all the voters using ballots where the trustees were acclaimed, but still voted for mayor and councilor?

City Wide TurnoutIn those races, the City has failed to account for at least 14,694 ballots and maybe as many as 20,000. The 37,000 missing ballots looked good before. Now there are around 57,000 ballots that are unaccounted for.

This is only one of many discrepancies that the Windsor Police are investigating. As of the date of publication, Sgt Meloche has not been able to explain to the complainants how the City has either misrepresented the election results or explained where the 57,000 ballots are hiding.

“We basically have an unexplained absence of Catholic voters city-wide,” said the complainants. “This would violate historic norms.”

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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.
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