A new report claims the City of Calgary badly bungled their last municipal election.
The new city auditor report into the October 16, 2017 election night fiasco told a damning tale of bureaucratic ineptitude.
Fifty-seven per cent of regular voting stations were short of councillor ballots and forty-seven per cent required extra school trustee ballots. At some stations, voters waited more than six hours for election workers to deliver a resupply of ballots.
Even worse, high voter turnout was not to blame for the chaos. The 2017 election had only the third highest voter turnout in the past 20 years - less than the 2010 election.
It was a perfect storm of bad planning and worse management.
This is all very concerning as Calgary plans to hold a non-binding citywide plebiscite to decide if taxpayers want to be on the hook for a 2026 Olympic bid.
Is the city going to screw that vote up too? And if and when they do, are they going to do it in secret?
Tonight I ask someone who does the hard and very necessary work of holding city hall to account, those questions, and more.
Joining me tonight to break down the 2017 electoral disaster in Calgary and to update us on the latest on the expensive Olympic bid is William MacBeath of the municipal government accountability watchdog group, Save Calgary.