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Report on the October 24, 2016, By-election in Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner

Appendix 1 – Tables

Table 1 – Number of positions filled* for Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner for the 2015 general election and 2016 by-election
Position 2015 general election 2016 by-election
Poll Workers
Central poll supervisor 55 55
Deputy returning officer 251 247
Information officer 66 67
Poll clerk 222 225
Registration officer 53 60
Special messenger 2 1
Subtotal 649 655
Other Election Workers
Additional assistant returning officer 1 1
Assistant automation coordinator 1 1
Assistant recruitment officer 2 1
Assistant returning officer 1 1
Automation coordinator 1 1
Community relations officer 2 2
Financial officer 1 1
Inventory clerk (Electoral material coordinator) 2 2
Office clerk 17 8
Office coordinator 1 2
Office messenger 1 0
Receptionist 5 3
Recruitment officer 1 1
Returning officer 1 1
Revising agent 40 22
Revision centre clerk 5 10
Revision supervisor 1 1
Special ballot coordinator 11 9
Support staff for office of additional assistant returning officer 2 0
Training officer 4 3
Witness—validation of results 0 2
Subtotal 100 72
Total 749 727

*Includes individuals on standby. Excludes trainees not retained.

Table 2 – Voter registration statistics for Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner for the 2015 general election and 2016 by-election
  2015 general election 2016 by-election
Electors on preliminary list 75,944 76,124
Electors addedFootnote 1 3,049 1,251
Inter-ED address changesFootnote 2 1,931 506
Moves within EDFootnote 3 4,872 1,530
Other correctionsFootnote 4 1,802 477
Electors removedFootnote 5 3,109 278
SVR Group 1 updateFootnote 6 77 5
Electors on final listsFootnote 7 77,892 77,608

Footnote 1 Electors who did not appear on any lists of electors at the beginning of the by-election and were added during the by-election.

Footnote 2 ED = electoral district. Electors who appeared on the lists of electors of one ED at the beginning of the by-election but changed their address during the by-election because of a move to another ED.

Footnote 3 Electors who appeared on the lists of electors of one ED at the beginning of the by-election and changed their address during the by-election because of a move to another polling division. These figures also include administrative changes the returning officer made to elector records during the by-election.

Footnote 4 Electors who appeared on a list of electors and requested a correction to an error in their name or mailing address during the by-election.

Footnote 5 Electors who appeared on a list of electors but were removed because of one of the following: the elector was deceased, the elector requested to be removed, the elector was no longer resident at that address or the elector was not qualified to be on the list (for example, less than 18 years old or a non-citizen). Figures also reflect elector records removed as a result of electors moving to another ED during the by-election and other duplicates removed during the by-election, including those removed during the preparation of the final lists of electors.

Footnote 6 SVR = Special Voting Rules. This row indicates the increase in the number of Group 1 electors registered under the SVR (Canadian electors temporarily residing outside Canada, Canadian Armed Forces electors and incarcerated electors) during the by-election.

Footnote 7 The total number of electors on the final lists is the sum of electors on the preliminary lists of electors, electors added, inter-ED address changes and SVR Group 1 updates, minus removed records.

Table 3 – Special Voting Rules ballots for the 2016 Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner by-election
  Ballots issued Valid
ballots
Rejected
ballots
Total
ballots cast
Ballots returnedFootnote 3
Group 1 (Canadian Armed Forces, International, Incarcerated) 122 16 0 16 13.1%
Group 2 (LocalFootnote 1 and NationalFootnote 2) 1,112 1,085 5 1,090 98.0%
Grand totals 1,234 1,101 5 1,106 89.6%

Footnote 1 Electors whose applications were processed and whose ballots were counted by local returning offices. This includes electors who registered to vote in acute care facilities.

Footnote 2 Electors whose applications were processed and whose ballots were counted by Elections Canada in Ottawa.

Footnote 3 Total ballots cast divided by ballots issued.

Table 4 – Voter turnout for Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner for the 2015 general election and 2016 by-election
  2015 general election 2016 by-election Increase or decrease (-) from the 2015 general election
Ballots at ordinary polls 41,224 27,443 -13,781
Ballots at advance polls 8,106 5,717 -2,389
Voting by special ballot (SVR) 1,320 1,101Footnote 1 -219
Total valid ballots 50,650 34,261 -16,389
Total rejected ballots 118 61 -57
Total ballots cast 50,768 34,322 -16,446

Footnote 1 Total valid ballots for Group 1 and Group 2 electors in Table 3.

Table 5 – Valid votes obtained in the 2016 Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner by-election, by candidate
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes
Glen Motz
Conservative
Medicine Hat, AB Retired police officer 23,932 69.9
Stan Sakamoto
Liberal
Medicine Hat, AB Caterer 8,777 25.6
Rod Taylor
Christian Heritage Party
Telkwa, BC Quality control supervisor 703 2.1
Beverly Ann Waege
New Democratic Party
Dunmore, AB Retail clerk 353 1.0
Sheldon W. Johnston
Libertarian
Medicine Hat, AB Chaplain 285 0.8
Kayne Cooper
Rhinoceros
Medicine Hat, AB Artist 211 0.6