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“Wasted, wasted, absolutely wasted” – Noyes

Doug Martin is still the mayor of Fort Erie.

A second recount today confirmed his election by five votes over Ann-Marie Noyes, but there were adjustments made after disputed ballots were examined.

The final tally is Martin 4,839 and Noyes 4834. Of the eight disputed ballots, four were given to Noyes and two to Martin and two were completely invalid.

Town solicitor Heather Salter said two voters circled the name of their candidate of choice which invalidated the ballots.

She said the law is clear that only ballots marked in the indicated area can be counted even though the voters’ choice is clear.

Noyes’ agitation was clear as she complained to reporters saying “money was wasted, wasted, absolutely wasted,” by the Town in opposing a manual recount.

“Bill Brunton offered to pay for the recount,” she said.

When asked why she did not undertake the appeal of the election instead of Brunton, Noyes said, “He offered; I accepted his offer.”

She said other people also offered to appeal the election results, but she wouldn’t name them.

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  1. David | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    What was wasted was our tax dollars because you were not able to accept defeat!!

  2. Steve | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    4 ballots filled out incorrectly for Noyes , 2 for Martin. Is it safe to say that Noyes supporters are twice as likely to make a mistake???

  3. Lori Dawn Antaya | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wasted, Ann Marie, shame on you and your foolish supporters. The money was wasted by the recounts themselves, all the money spent on this whole ordeal should be recouped by the town by those who decided that they needed to waste the time and money of the Town of Fort Erie on this useless process. I am sickened that the judge did not make those who brought this waste of time and money to us pay for it out of thier own pockets. The people of Fort Erie did not ask for this. It has to be pretty embarassing to lose, then lose by more on the first recount and then even more in the last recount. The people of Fort Erie will not soon forget the person who touted herself to be the candidate to save the town money. How much have you cost us this far? Now finally the new council can get down to the business at hand and get to running the town. Congrats mayor Martin, you are doing a great job for us!

  4. Ed Smith | Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    It’s too bad this went as far as it did. Time, money, and effort were consumed unnecessarily. Noyes should have accepted defeat in good spirit as she seemed to have at first, then moved on with her life and career. Congratulations Mayor Martin, for taking on this roller-coaster ride of scrutiny, and having a positive and professional outlook on the situation.

  5. Mike Cloutier | Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    The count on election night was 4836 Martin and 4832 Noyes. The count after the first recount was 4836 Martin and 4831 Noyes. The count after the second recount is 4839 Martin and 4834.

    The total number of votes added to the tally after the two recounts is 5 on 9673 ballots. A margin of error of a little more than 0.05 per cent or about one in 2,000. It would be interesting to know what changes occurred in past elections before vote counting machines were used. My guess is more.

    By the way, I am told that the two invalidated votes were circles around the voting area that clearly indicated votes for Martin.

  6. Frank | Feb 1, 2011 | Reply

    Lets have another count maybe No-yes will get more.

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