Judicial review into Rocky and Clearwater County elections put on hold

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
December 6, 2017 - 2:26pm

There is work to be done before a judge will agree to conduct a judicial review into allegations of voter irregularities in Rocky Mountain House and Clearwater County during the recent municipal elections.
 
Sheila Mizera, who was the runner up for mayor in Rocky, and Diana Spencer, runner up in Clearwater County's Division 6, filed the request last month.
 
Mizera, a three-term town councillor, lost the mayoral race by 50 votes, while Spencer lost the Division 6 seat by just one ballot.
 
Following an appearance in Red Deer Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday, the said they aren't doing this to challenge the outcome of their respective elections.
 
They claim electors voted in the wrong municipality and/or voted in both, and thus want to ensure those errors don't happen again in future elections.
 
"There were a number of different irregularities," said Spencer. "Whether it be through personal avenues, the process of going through this election that we were enlightened or it be through people who came forward to us during the process, as well as certain comments made and followed up on from social media."
  
Spencer added she has full confidence in those who were elected and wouldn't be concerned a review showed she should have won.

"Yeah, I might have lost by one vote, but maybe if I had tried harder, I wouldn't have anyway," she said. "I can't say either way if this would change the outcome, but those who voted, incorrectly or not, did so and I accept that." 
 
Spencer she'll just have to run again in four years to get a different result.

During the court appearance, the judge informed Spencer and Mizera that in order for a judicial review to transpire, they first must serve the Minister of Justice so that she may have the opportunity to respond or attend.

Court heard that the pair's main intent is to unseal the ballot boxes in question and have eligibility data scrutinized to see if there were any irregularities.

Jeneane Grundberg, who is representing the Town of Rocky Mountain House and Clearwater County in the matter, says they don't have that entitlement because they aren't seeking to change the election results.

The plaintiffs were ordered to serve the Justice Minister's office by January 5 and to appear in Red Deer Court of Queen's Bench again on Jan. 15.

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