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REPORTING · 29th May 2013
Merv Ritchie
As Elections BC finalizes the numbers of votes cast during the last Provincial election with the addition of absentee ballots the New Democratic Party's representative, Robin Austin, has increased their margin of victory. Direct from the Elections BC website, the following details what this means;

Final count is a count of the absentee ballots for an election that were not considered as part of the initial count, and a determination of the final results of the election based on the votes accepted in the initial count and in the final count.

Ballots considered at final count include:

Absentee – Out of voting area:
Voting within the voter’s electoral district but not at the voter’s assigned voting place

Absentee – Out of the electoral district:
Voting outside of the voter’s electoral district

Advance absentee – Out of the electoral district:
Voting at advance voting outside of the voter’s electoral district

Alternative absentee voting:
Voting in the office of the district electoral office between Writ Day and 4 pm on General Voting Day

Alternative absentee voting by voting package:
Voting by a mail-in voting package

Special voting:
Mobile teams visit

On the day of the election Robin Austin had a 363 vote lead at the end of counting; a narrow margin of victory. - Austin had 5102 votes to the Liberals Carol Leclerc 4739 votes.

Today Elections BC reports Austins lead has increased by 159 votes to a spread of 522. The count now sits at 5609 votes for Austin and 5087 for Leclerc.

Of the other candidates;

Trevor Hendry of the British Columbia Party garnered 254 votes on Election Day and gained another 9 votes bringing his total to 263.

Mike Brousseau of the BC Conservative Party garnered 735 votes on Election Day and gained another 62 votes bringing his total to 797.

It is always fun to play with the numbers and many political nuts will consider the potential scenarios had the votes not been split. Many Skeena Liberals suggest the votes cast for Brousseau could or would have gone to Leclerc had he not run. In this case the total count for Leclerc would be 5884.

And then considering if Hendry also did not run, leaving this a two person/party race; and if like those who cast for Brousseau all Hendry’s went to Austin, his total count would increase to 5872; a twelve vote difference.

This would set the stage for a judicial recount as the Skeena Constituency would be, as it is, almost evenly split.
Is it over yet, Ms Leclerc?
Comment by Janice Robinson on 29th May 2013
On election night, the last I heard from Carol Leclerc was a brave comment that, "It's not over till it's over."

Congratulations Mr. Austin.