City to re­ceive re­fund for is­sues on elec­tion night

The Sudbury Star - - FRONT PAGE - MARY KATHER­INE KEOWN THE SUD­BURY STAR

Greater Sud­bury will re­ceive a small re­fund fol­low­ing the 2018 elec­tion fi­asco last Oc­to­ber.

The Star has ob­tained ver­i­fi­ca­tion that the city will be re­ceiv­ing $35,000 “to off­set some of the ad­di­tional costs of ex­tend­ing the vot­ing for an ad­di­tional day,” city so­lic­i­tor Eric La­belle said in an email.

Ac­cord­ing to the city, the con­tract for the electronic vot­ing was awarded to Do­min­ion Vot­ing Sys­tem in the amount of $263,420, plus HST.

“Do­min­ion has agreed to pro­vide a sub­stan­tial credit to the group of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” La­belle wrote. “In gen­eral, that credit rep­re­sents 20 per cent of the ser­vice fee por­tion of the con­tracts that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have with the provider. This would ex­clude the con­tract costs for the print­ing of the voter in­for­ma­tion let­ters and postage.”

A full re­port will go to coun­cil on Feb. 12.

“The City of Greater Sud­bury is re­ceiv­ing a price re­duc­tion on its con­tract costs with the elec­tion ven­dor,” Shan­non Dowl­ing, a spokesper­son for the city, said Fri­day. “With more than 51 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties af­fected by the chal­lenges faced on elec­tion night, a small group was ap­pointed to lead dis­cus­sions with the ven­dor. This group in­cluded Eric La­belle, Greater Sud­bury’s city so­lic­i­tor and clerk. Ne­go­ti­a­tions re­sulted

in a re­duc­tion in price for ser­vices for all of the af­fected mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.”

As vot­ers will re­call, elec­tions across On­tario were sched­uled for Oct. 22. But in the early evening, the sys­tem crashed across 51 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. There were long line-ups at sev­eral polling sta­tions across the Nickel City and many would-be vot­ers were turned away.

While sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties opted to ex­tend vot­ing by a few hours, in Sud­bury, of­fi­cials chose to ex­tend vot­ing by a day. About 8,000 peo­ple took ad­van­tage of the ex­tended vot­ing pe­riod.

Ul­ti­mately, Mayor Brian Big­ger won re-elec­tion with a lit­tle more than 28 per cent of the vote — mak­ing him only the first mayor since amal­ga­ma­tion to win more than one term. Pa­tri­cia Mills placed se­cond with 18.8 per cent of the vote, while third-place fin­isher Dan Me­lan­son gar­nered 16.7 per cent. Cody Cac­ciotti earned a fourth place fin­ish with 15.6 per cent of the vote.

Ev­ery in­cum­bent who ran in the elec­tion won their ward. There are only two new faces at the coun­cil ta­ble — Ge­off McCaus­land in Ward 4 and Bill Le­duc in Ward 11. Coun­cil­lors Eve­lyn Dutrisac and Lynne Reynolds re­tired from mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics after each had served more than one term on coun­cil. mkke­[email protected]­media.com Twit­ter: @marykke­own 705 674 5271 ext. 505235

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