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Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the June 30, 2014, By-elections Held in Fort McMurray–Athabasca, Macleod,Scarborough–Agincourt and Trinity–Spadina and the November 17, 2014, By-elections Held in Whitby–Oshawa and Yellowhead

Appendix: Tables

Table 1 – Types of polling sites 1
Type of facility Ordinary poll 2 Advance poll
Number Percentage Number Percentage
Fort McMurray–Athabasca
Apartment building 1 1 0 0
Band office 0 0 0 0
Church hall 1 1 3 25
Commercial site 1 1 2 17
Community centre 31 37 2 17
Educational facility 13 16 2 17
Municipal or township hall 4 5 1 8
Royal Canadian Legion 0 0 1 8
Seniors' residence 16 19 1 8
Other 16 19 0 0
Total 83 100 12 100
Macleod
Apartment building 0 0 0 0
Band office 1 1 0 0
Church hall 3 4 1 7
Commercial site 2 3 0 0
Community centre 28 38 8 53
Educational facility 7 9 2 13
Municipal or township hall 1 1 0 0
Royal Canadian Legion 0 0 1 7
Seniors' residence 21 28 0 0
Other 11 15 3 20
Total 74 100 15 100
Scarborough–Agincourt
Apartment building 10 19 0 0
Band office 0 0 0 0
Church hall 3 6 0 0
Commercial site 0 0 0 0
Community centre 3 6 1 9
Educational facility 27 52 9 82
Municipal or township hall 0 0 0 0
Royal Canadian Legion 0 0 0 0
Seniors' residence 8 15 0 0
Other 1 2 1 9
Total 52 100 11 100
Trinity–Spadina
Apartment building 107 71 0 0
Band office 0 0 0 0
Church hall 7 5 2 14
Commercial site 2 1 0 0
Community centre 7 5 4 29
Educational facility 14 9 5 36
Municipal or township hall 0 0 0 0
Royal Canadian Legion 0 0 0 0
Seniors' residence 12 8 0 0
Other 2 1 3 21
Total 151 100 14 100
Whitby–Oshawa
Apartment building 2 3 0 0
Band office 0 0 0 0
Church hall 5 8 0 0
Commercial site 0 0 0 0
Community centre 4 6 8 53
Educational facility 34 55 0 0
Municipal or township hall 0 0 0 0
Royal Canadian Legion 0 0 0 0
Seniors' residence 11 18 1 7
Other 6 10 6 40
Total 62 100 15 100
Yellowhead
Apartment building 0 0 0 0
Band office 3 4 0 0
Church hall 1 1 0 0
Commercial site 1 1 0 0
Community centre 23 29 15 63
Educational facility 0 0 0 0
Municipal or township hall 18 23 0 0
Royal Canadian Legion 5 6 5 21
Seniors' residence 23 29 4 17
Other 4 5 0 0
Total 78 100 24 100
Grand Total 500   91  

1 Because percentages have been rounded, there may be some discrepancies in the totals.

2 Excludes mobile polls.

Table 2 – Types of polling stations
Electoral district Ordinary polls Advance polls Total
Stationary Mobile
Fort McMurray–Athabasca 179 6 12 197
Macleod 229 23 15 267
Scarborough–Agincourt 182 3 11 196
Trinity–Spadina 329 4 14 347
Whitby–Oshawa 261 2 15 278
Yellowhead 250 8 24 282
Total 1,430 46 91 1,567

Table 3 – Types of polling sites used in the 2014 by-elections and 41st general election
Electoral district Ordinary polling sites Mobile polling sites
2014by-election 41st general election 2014by-election 41st general election
Fort McMurray–Athabasca 83 57 24 22
Macleod 74 44 30 23
Scarborough–Agincourt 52 48 6 4
Trinity–Spadina 151 108 10 10
Whitby–Oshawa 62 54 5 4
Yellowhead 78 55 23 17
Total 500 366 98 80

Table 4 – Community relations officers hired, by electoral district and target group
Electoral district Target group
Seniors Youth Aboriginal Ethnocultural Homeless Total
Fort McMurray–Athabasca 2 1 4 0 0 7
Macleod 1 0 4 0 0 5
Scarborough–Agincourt 0 0 0 2 0 2
Trinity–Spadina 1 0 1 1 1 4
Whitby–Oshawa 1 1 0 0 0 2
Yellowhead 0 0 1 0 0 1
Total 5 2 10 3 1 21

Table 5 – Numbers of calls to the national toll-free number and local offices, by electoral district
Electoral district National toll-free number Local office
Fort McMurray–Athabasca 121 2,797
Macleod 92 5,955
Scarborough–Agincourt 433 5,608
Trinity–Spadina 888 16,991
Whitby–Oshawa 211 5,011
Yellowhead 56 3,889
Total 1,801 40,251

Table 6 – Adaptation to the Canada Elections Act during the 2014 by-elections pursuant to section 17 of the Canada Elections Act
Statutory provision adapted Explanatory notes
Subsections 22(1), 135(1); addition of subsection 283(1.1) Purpose: Allowed additional poll workers at polling sites, appointed by the returning officer with the prior approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, to carry out functions provided for under the Act. This adaptation was made in the June 30, 2014, by-elections in the electoral districts of Fort McMurray–Athabasca (Alberta), Macleod (Alberta), Scarborough–Agincourt (Ontario) and Trinity–Spadina (Ontario).

Explanation: Provisions of the Act dealing with staffing levels at advance polls and on polling day were not amended at the time of these by-elections to deal with the additional and more complex tasks that election officers must carry out. These tasks result from the new voter identification requirements as well as the need to transmit data about electors who have voted to candidates' representatives periodically during the day. As well, more and more electors are voting on advance polling days, but the Act provides for fewer personnel on these days and requires more formalities for voters to complete.

Adaptation: Authorized the returning officers to appoint additional persons to carry out functions under the Act, including counting the ballots, if required.
Subsection 95(1) Purpose: Allowed returning officers to delay the mailing of voter information cards (VICs) to voters in Ontario by-elections. This adaptation was made in the June 30, 2014, by-elections in the electoral districts of Scarborough–Agincourt (Ontario) and Trinity–Spadina (Ontario).

Explanation: The Chief Electoral Officer wanted to avoid Ontario voters being confused by having federal VICs arrive before the provincial polling day. Mailing the VICs to Ontario voters after the provincial election would eliminate such confusion.

Adaptation: Authorized the returning officers to delay the mailing of VICs to avoid confusion on where and when to vote.
Subsection 95(1) Purpose: Allowed one returning officer to delay the mailing of VICs to voters. This adaptation was made in the November 17, 2014, by-election in the electoral district of Whitby–Oshawa (Ontario).

Explanation: The Chief Electoral Officer wanted to avoid voters in the electoral district of Whitby–Oshawa being confused by having federal VICs arrive before the municipal polling day. Mailing the VICs to Ontario voters after the municipal election would eliminate such confusion.

Adaptation: Authorized the returning officer to delay the mailing of VICs to avoid confusion on where and when to vote.
Addition of section 125.1 Purpose: Allowed the establishment of a mobile polling station outside an electoral district. This adaptation was made in the November 17, 2014, by-election in the electoral district of Whitby–Oshawa (Ontario).

Explanation: An institution where seniors or persons with a physical disability reside was destroyed by fire. It would otherwise have been the location for a mobile polling station. A large number of residents were now living at another institution outside the electoral district, and were not in a position to travel to a regular polling station on polling day due to physical disability. It was necessary to set up a mobile polling station to permit those electors to vote.

Adaptation: Authorized the returning officer to establish a mobile polling station at a temporary place of residence outside the electoral district to enable electors to vote.

Table 7 – Lists of electors: revision transactions during the 2014 by-elections
Electoral district Fort McMurray–Athabasca Macleod Scarborough–Agincourt Trinity–Spadina Whitby–Oshawa Yellowhead
Electors on preliminary lists, including SVR 82,956 91,633 73,009 106,742 109,108 78,330
Moves between electoral districts1 1,914 1,233 652 4,757 451 204
Electors added2 1,172 897 1,119 3,088 595 488
Moves within an electoral district3 2,146 1,788 299 2,313 636 1,261
Other corrections4 549 484 235 723 388 415
Electors removed from lists5 1,898 1,432 722 4,340 845 383
SVR Group 1 updates6 0 1 4 5 18 2
Electors on final lists7 84,144 92,332 74,062 110,252 109,327 78,641

1 Electors who moved into the electoral district from another electoral district before the beginning of the revision period but were not included in the last release from the Register before the by-elections were called.

2 Electors who did not appear on any lists at the beginning of the by-elections and were added during the events.

3 Electors who appeared on a list for their electoral district at the beginning of the by-elections but at the wrong address. These figures also include administrative changes that the returning officers made to elector records during the by-elections.

4 Electors who appeared on a list of electors with the correct address and requested a correction to their name or mailing address during the by-elections.

5 Electors who appeared on a list of electors but were removed for one of the following reasons: they had died; they asked to be removed; they had moved; they were not qualified to be on the list (for example, because they were under 18 years of age or not citizens); they had a duplicate record on the list. This figure also reflects elector records removed because the electors had moved to another electoral district during the by-elections and duplicates removed when the final lists of electors were being prepared.

6 Indicates the increase or decrease in the number of Group 1 electors registered under the SVR (Canadian electors residing outside Canada, Canadian Forces electors and incarcerated electors) during the by-elections.

7 The number of electors on the final lists is the sum of electors on the preliminary lists, moves between electoral districts, electors added, and SVR Group 1 updates, minus electors removed from lists.

Table 8 – Quality indicators for the preliminary lists of electors
Electoral district Coverage Currency Accuracy1
Fort McMurray–Athabasca 88.8% 76.4% 86.1%
Macleod 90.5% 84.7% 93.6%
Scarborough–Agincourt 86.4% 70.1% 81.1%
Trinity–Spadina 86.7% 73.1% 84.3%
Whitby–Oshawa 91.5% 85.3% 93.2%
Yellowhead 91.3% 83.7% 91.6%

1 The accuracy estimate was obtained in dividing currency by coverage.

Table 9 – Special Voting Rules ballots for the 2014 by-elections
  Election day Electoral district Ballots issued Valid ballots Rejected ballots Ballots cast Ballots returned on time 1 Ballots received late
Group 1 (Canadian Forces, international, incarcerated) June 30, 2014 Fort McMurray–Athabasca 28 1 0 1 3.6% 0
Macleod 79 9 0 9 11.4% 0
Scarborough–Agincourt 64 6 0 6 9.4% 0
Trinity–Spadina 183 24 0 24 13.1% 0
Nov. 17, 2014 Whitby–Oshawa 210 19 1 20 9.5% 2
Yellowhead 64 3 0 3 4.7% 1
Subtotals     628 62 1 63 10.0% 3
Group 2 (local 2 and national3) June 30, 2014 Fort McMurray–Athabasca 391 389 2 391 100.0% 0
Macleod 378 377 0 377 99.7% 0
Scarborough–Agincourt 389 385 3 388 99.7% 1
Trinity–Spadina 1,560 1,537 15 1,552 99.5% 2
Nov. 17, 2014 Whitby–Oshawa 549 545 1 546 99.5% 1
Yellowhead 70 68 2 70 100.0% 0
Subtotals     3,337 3,301 23 3,324 99.6% 4
Totals     3,965 3,363 24 3,387 85.4% 7

1 Percentage of ballots cast by ballots issued.

2 Electors whose applications were processed and whose ballots were counted by local Elections Canada offices. This includes electors who registered to vote in acute care facilities. The number of local ballots received late is not available.

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

Table 10 – Number of ballots cast, by voting method, and voter turnout 1
Electoral district Fort McMurray–Athabasca Macleod Scarborough–Agincourt Trinity–Spadina Whitby–Oshawa Yellowhead
Number of electors on final lists 84,114 92,332 74,062 110,252 109,327 78,641
Ordinary polls 2 10,167 14,787 16,694 25,869 29,032 10,943
79.1% 80.7% 76.6% 74.6% 83.6% 86.5%
Advance polls 2,301 3,151 4,705 7,232 5,128 1,636
17.9% 17.2% 21.6% 20.9% 14.8% 12.9%
Voting by special ballot (under the SVR) 392 386 394 1,576 566 73
3.0% 2.1% 1.8% 4.5% 1.6% 0.6%
Rejected ballots 34 81 121 111 102 51
0.3% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Total valid ballots 12,826 18,243 21,672 34,566 34,644 12,601
99.7% 99.6% 99.4% 99.7% 99.7% 99.6%
Total votes cast 12,860 18,324 21,793 34,677 34,746 12,652
Voter turnout in 2014 by-elections 15.3% 19.8% 29.4% 31.5% 31.8% 16.1%
Voter turnout in previous general election (May 2011) 40.3% 60.4% 56.0% 64.9% 62.5% 55.1%

1 The percentages have been rounded.

2 Includes electors who voted at mobile polls.

Table 11 – Valid votes obtained, by candidate – Fort McMurray–Athabasca
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes1
David Yurdiga
Conservative Party of Canada
Boyle Municipal Politician/Farmer 5,991 46.7
Kyle Harrietha
Liberal Party of Canada
Fort McMurray Administrator 4,529 35.3
Lori McDaniel
New Democratic Party
Keoma Heavy Equipment Operator 1,472 11.5
Brian Deheer
Green Party of Canada
Lac La Biche Administrator 453 3.5
Tim Moen
Libertarian Party of Canada
Fort McMurray Firefighter 381 3.0
Table 11 – Valid votes obtained, by candidate – Macleod
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes1
John Barlow
Conservative Party of Canada
Okotoks Journalist 12,616 69.2
Dustin Fuller
Liberal Party of Canada
Okotoks Regulatory Technician 3,092 16.9
Larry Ashmore
Green Party of Canada
Foothills Carpenter 991 5.4
David Reimer
Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Steinbach Pastor 774 4.2
Aileen Burke
New Democratic Party
Lethbridge Implementation Specialist 770 4.2
Table 11 – Valid votes obtained, by candidate – Scarborough–Agincourt
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes1
Arnold Chan
Liberal Party of Canada
Toronto Lawyer 12,868 59.4
Trevor Ellis
Conservative Party of Canada
Scarborough Teacher 6,344 29.3
Elizabeth Ying Long
New Democratic Party
Toronto Lawyer 1,838 8.5
Kevin Clarke
Independent
Toronto Servant 315 1.5
Shahbaz Mir
Green Party of Canada
Toronto Business Analyst 307 1.4
Table 11 – Valid votes obtained, by candidate – Trinity–Spadina
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes1
Adam Vaughan
Liberal Party of Canada
Toronto Journalist 18,547 53.7
Joe Cressy
New Democratic Party
Toronto Director 11,802 34.1
Benjamin Sharma
Conservative Party of Canada
Toronto Student 2,022 5.8
Camille Labchuk
Green Party of Canada
Toronto Lawyer 1,880 5.4
Linda Groce-Gibbons
Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Toronto Retired 174 0.5
John "The Engineer" Turmel
Independent
Brantford Banking Systems Engineer 141 0.4
Table 11 – Valid votes obtained, by candidate – Whitby–Oshawa
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes1
Pat Perkins
Conservative Party of Canada
Whitby Retired 17,082 49.3
Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Liberal Party of Canada
Whitby Research Consultant 14,083 40.7
Trish McAuliffe
New Democratic Party
Whitby Retired 2,801 8.1
Craig Cameron
Green Party of Canada
Whitby Academic Advisor 500 1.4
John "The Engineer" Turmel
Independent
Brantford Banking Systems Engineer 101 0.3
Josh Borenstein
Independent
North York Student 77 0.2
Table 11 – Valid votes obtained, by candidate – Yellowhead
Candidate and affiliation Place of residence Occupation Valid votes obtained Percentage of valid votes1
Jim Eglinski
Conservative Party of Canada
Yellowhead County Retired RCMP 7,884 62.6
Ryan Heinz Maguhn
Liberal Party of Canada
Hinton Teacher 2,518 20.0
Eric Rosendahl
New Democratic Party
Hinton Retired 1,203 9.5
Dean Williams
Independent
Whitecourt Documentarian/ Photographer 622 4.9
Cory Lystang
Libertarian Party of Canada
Mayerthorpe Pressure Truck Driver 374 3.0

1 The percentages have been rounded.