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Elections Canada confirms recount going ahead in Quebec riding

The Liberals requested that votes be counted again after a "potential anomaly'' with a ballot box was spotted.
The Liberals requested that votes be counted again after a "potential anomaly'' with a ballot box was spotted. Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press

Elections Canada is confirming that a recount will take place in a Quebec riding with a close result after a “potential anomaly” was discovered with a ballot box after the votes were validated.

Stephane Perrault, Canada’s chief electoral officer, says there will be a judicial recount of votes in the Chateauguay–Lacolle riding, after a request from the Liberal candidate.

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The initial results had Bloc Québécois candidate Patrick O’Hara defeating Liberal incumbent Brenda Shanahan, first elected in 2015, by 286 votes.

The Liberals requested that votes be counted again after a “potential anomaly” with a ballot box was spotted.

Typos in recording votes in the riding also had to be corrected by the returning officer.

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Justice Anne Jacob of the Superior Court of Quebec will begin the recount next week.

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