Montreal’s elections office issued the official results of Sunday’s municipal elections on Tuesday afternoon, which means the period for requesting official recounts has begun. After a municipal election, officials double-check that the ballot counts filled in on forms at each polling station correspond to the numbers that were reported to the Elections Montreal office by telephone immediately after counting the votes at each polling office, Elections Montreal spokesperson Pierre G. Laporte said. The process takes a couple of days, at which point the official election results are posted, he said.
Once the official results are available, candidates have four business days to request a judicial recount with the Court of Quebec.
Any candidate can request a recount, regardless of how close the count was, Laporte said. “There’s no limit, but it’s their money because they have to pay their legal fees,” he said.
Several recounts are expected in Montreal.