No Issue With Recount, Says Burrow
Brant Burrow isn't taking the request for a recount in the Elizabethtown-Kitley election too personally.
The mayor-elect won by just six votes over Dan Downey in the October 22 municipal election.
Burrow says a recount for that close a race is understandable.
"If it was sixty votes I'd probably take it personally, if it was six hundred votes I'd definitely take it personally," jokes Burrow. "But six votes is pretty small no matter how you slice it."
Downey gave Burrow a heads up over the weekend that he would be asking council for the review, which will happen at the next meeting on November 12.
Burrow says, they both agree it's unfortunate that it has to drag out that long, but it's just the way the council schedules work.
When he made the announcement on Monday, Downey said he would probably accept any decision council makes, but just wants to eliminate any questions.
Burrow's supportive but acknowledges this puts the council in an awkward position, he wonders if calling for a recount will mean it seems like they didn't have faith in the counting process. Recently in the municipality of Dutton Dunwhich, just southwest of London, a recount request was turned down by council, even though it was a one vote difference between two candidates. In that case, the council decided it had faith in the ballot counting process.
"The other argument is, is saying 'well what the harm in a recount, the results are going to be the same anyway,'" says Burrow.
"I don't envy them their decision that's for sure."