WELLAND – On August 9, 2021, after all polling stations closed at 8 p.m., the City of Welland tallied the Ward 3 by-election returns, resulting in an unofficial victory for John Mastroianni. He received a total of 712 of the 2018 votes cast, for 35 per cent of the vote.
Overall, 24.95 per cent of eligible Ward 3 voters cast a ballot. The results were as follows:
- Cathy CONNOR – 341
- Nancy DMYTROW BILBOE – 271
- Phill GLADMAN – 91
- John MASTROIANNI – 712
- Steve SOOS – 386
- Douglas R. THOMAS – 205
These statements of results will be returned to the Clerk and compiled. The Clerk will review all statements and supporting documents to ensure the authenticity of the reported results and certifiy the results.
Per Section 55(4) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, election results are unofficial until such time that the Clerk – as soon as possible after voting day – declares the candidate or candidates, as the case may be, who received the highest number of votes to be elected.
Mastroianni will swear the oath of office before the regularly scheduled Council meeting on September 7, 2021.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting was completed through vote-by-mail only. This process included voter kits mailed to elector’s homes and returned through Canada Post or dropped off at one of the City’s several ballot return locations.
(Source: City of Welland news release)