My responses to the Province’s local elections and councillor accountability engagement

Friday, July 22nd, 2022 | 2021 Election, Calgary, Politics

Today is the deadline for Albertans to submit their input as the provincial government develops updates to the Municipal Government Act and the Local Authorities Election Act on the topics of candidate eligibility, code of conduct rules, privacy of voter information, and the scope of third-party advertising rules.

Below is the text of my submission. I share it here in hopes we can have a …

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Opinion: The machine is always right in Alberta’s municipal elections — and that’s wrong

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 | 2021 Election, Calgary, Politics, Technology

Originally published in the Calgary Herald Opinion section on November 30, 2021.

The day after Calgary’s municipal elections, the results said I lost Ward 4 by 52 votes. With it that close, I felt compelled to request a recount, just to be sure. What I thought would be a simple verification of the results would soon reveal that the rules governing our municipal elections in

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Release: DJ Kelly forced to withdraw application for Ward 4 Calgary City Council election judicial recount

Thursday, November 25th, 2021 | 2021 Election, Calgary, Politics

For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

DJ Kelly, candidate for Calgary City Council in Ward 4, is announcing the formal withdrawal of the judicial recount application for the Ward 4 results in the 2021 Calgary Municipal Election.

A November 19 legal conference with Justice Davidson made clear a serious concern with the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA): a judicial recount is illegal …

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Ward 4 judicial recount request filed

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 | 2021 Election, Calgary, Politics

Last week I filed an application for a judicial recount of the recent election for councillor in Ward 4 and today we’ve heard the application has been received.

The way that the Local Authorities Election Act is currently written this process appears to be the only mechanism to allow scrutineers or elections officials to view and count the actual ballots – an essential practice in …

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