As the November municipal election comes closer, the Town of Gibsons BC has finalized its voting procedure, although the process has turned out to be different than originally thought.
… Mayor Barry Janyk has been opposed to Town staff tasked with running this year’s election, citing the mishap in ballot counting in the 2008 vote, resulting in a changed election result as well as a court challenge. At previous meetings, Janyk said he “does not want to see the last election mistakes happen again.”
But at Tuesday’s meeting, Janyk said he changed his mind, and by using automated ballot tabulation he is “comfortable with an in-house procedure now.”
Coun. Gerry Tretick stressed the need for assurances if problems arise with the machines and making sure adequate training is provided. “I just think we have to do this right, because people will be watching,” Tretick said.
Interim corporate officer Lonny Miller said there is an education plan in place for the tabulator machines, including demonstrations on how the system works.