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And now a word from our American friends

The following is a copy of today’s email blast from Marcia Carlyn, a U.S. citizen of Leesburg, Virginia.

She is a summer resident and worked hard to get Ward 4 councillor John Hill elected. She also worked hard on behalf of Ann-Marie Noyes and is now helping Bill Brunton raise money for his litigation against the town for the recount.

Dear friends of Bay Beach …

Today the judge approved the recount so it’s full steam ahead! The recount of the votes cast for mayor will begin at 9:30 am on Friday in the Leisureplex Banquet Hall. Here’s how it will work:

1. Seven vote tabulating machines will be used (one per ward + one to count the Advance Votes).

2. The two candidates for mayor (Ann-Marie Noyes and Doug Martin) and the applicant (Bill Brunton) will be present. They may each bring a lawyer and up to 7 scrutineers (one per voting machine). The Clerk will permit the media to attend but not the general public.

3. All ballots will be fed into the voting machines face up. If a ballot is returned or refused by the machine, it will be visually inspected by the Clerk and candidates (and/or their designated representatives). If these individuals agree as to the voter’s intent, that ballot or a replacement ballot clearly indicating the voter’s intent will be fed into the machine to be counted. If they disagree, the ballot will be set aside as a disputed ballot.

4. All disputed ballots will be reviewed by the Clerk who will make a determination as to voter intent and ballot validity.

5. The results of the recount will be announced by the Clerk when it is completed (probably after 3 or 4 hours) and will be posted on the Town’s website: .

6. If a candidate, applicant, or candidate’s representative disagrees with the Clerk’s decisions regarding the disputed ballots, the person may apply to the Superior Court of Justice within 15 days to have a judge make the final determination as to voter intent and ballot validity.

Are you glad Bill Brunton fought so hard to make sure every vote is counted? If so, the best way you can show your thanks is to help Bill pay his legal fees. Even though his legal team has done all they can to keep the costs low, the total is now over $10,000 because they’ve put in a lot of hours and there are numerous court costs. Bill is an ordinary citizen (not a wealthy person) and he would really appreciate any contribution … large or small. Cheques payable to “William Brunton (Mayoral Recount)” can be mailed to Bill at P.O. Box 906, Ridgeway, ON L0S1N0 or can be dropped off at the Meridian Credit Union in Stevensville or in downtown Fort Erie at 450 Garrison Rd (in Sobey’s plaza). Thanks very much for your help.

Only two more days … and we’ll hopefully have a mayor who wants to save Bay Beach and protect our shoreline! We’re all in this together … keep your fingers crossed.


Marcia Carlyn
Crystal Beach

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  1. Chris | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    God help us……….

  2. Toad | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    Our flag is Red and White. There is NO blue in it.

  3. Martha Lockwood | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    Does this woman not understand she is a guest in our county….and that this is not Cuba and the 1950’s? Ahh the arrogance!

  4. Happy to donate | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    In this day and age I am happy to help people in need. There is a lot of poverty and with such a cold winter it is putting undue strain on people finances due to high utilities. So I am always happy to donate to those who need assistance. I am happy to post the address of the Fort Erie Salvation Army who are great at distributing assistance where it is due and needed. Fort Erie Salvation army, 255 Gilmore Road, Fort Erie, ON L2A 2M4

  5. Mike Cloutier | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m in need. Send me $20 a year and I’ll send you a newspaper that I write, print and distribute every two weeks from my full time home and full time office right here.

  6. Mike Cloutier | Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    I talked to a lawyer today who was surprised that Brunton’s costs are $10,000. A lawyer with a high-priced firm at that. On what was $10,000 paid? Fees? Costs? Bull.

  7. Happy to donate | Jan 30, 2011 | Reply

    Just a little more info. I just found a grant available to be won by the Fort Erie Salvation Army. $10,000 made available from Pepsi.

    Please go to this website link and support The community (currently ranked 28th) Please pass this on to you friends and family.With every bodies help we may see this happen. The top 3 events win.

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