Official election results released

Brian Wooff, chief election officer for the 2014 City of Cranbrook , presented the official numbers to the small crowd Wednesday.

  • Nov. 20, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The official voting results are in.

Brian Wooff, chief election officer for the 2014 City of Cranbrook General Local Election, presented the official numbers to the small crowd, which included Councillor Elect Wesly Graham.

There were 5,789 ballots produced and only one that wasn’t able to make it through the machine to be counted.

“5,788 went through the machine because one was rejected,” he said. “Someone made a little mark over it on the side.”

The ballot had a mark in the timing strip, which is what the automated voting machine looks at to make sure it is a legitimate ballot.

Wooff said they had a signature for every ballot.

“So our counts matched up absolutely perfectly,” he said.

There were 14,671 voters on the list, 5,788 which voted, which puts the voter turnout at 39.5 per cent. Out of the electors who voted, 344 were newly registered.

Maryse Laroux, Legislative and Policy Advisor for the city, said that the other day Coun. Gerry Warner noted the election numbers seem to be down from what they were years ago.

“The reason for that is prior to the 2011 election, we were not using the provincial voters list,” Laroux explained. “Our list was way smaller than it is now.”

Some of the voters had much longer lines to wait in, and Wooff said that will be remedied at least some way in the future as voter lists are compiled more accurately.

Other results from around the East Kootenay (preliminary) are as follows:

Kimberley has a new mayor — Don McCormick. On Kimberley City Council will be Sandra Roberts, Kent Goodwin, Darryl Oakley, Albert Hoglund, Nigel Kitto and  Bev Middlebrook.

In Invermere, joining acclaimed mayor Gerry Taft on Council will be Justin Atterbury, Greg Anderson  All Miller, and Paul Denchuk.

Winning reelection in Canal Flats was Ute Juras, who received 200 voted to Dean Midyette’s 83.

Councillors in Canal Flats will be Erin Gornik, Paul Mercil, Marie Delorme, and Karl Sterzer (181).

In Fernie, Mayor Mary Giuliano ran acclaimed. The newly elected Fernie council stands as Jon Levesque, Dan McSkimming, Ange Qualizza, Dennis Schafer, Joe Warshawsky and Phil Iddon

In Elkford, Mayor Dean McKerracher was re-elected in a landslide over David Jones. For Elkford Council are Steve Fairbairn, Mandy McGregor, Joe Zarowny, Craig Robinson and Denise Bertrand

In Sparwood, Cal McDougall was elected mayor. Jenna Jensen, John Baher, Joe Jarina, Brad Bowen Margaret McKie and Lois Halko are on Sparwood Council.