(Advocate file photo.)

(Advocate file photo.)

City of Red Deer investigation clears election worker of bias

City found no evidence of wrong-doing, following the investigation of an election worker.

The City of Red Deer’s human resources and legal and legislative services staff have concluded interviewing the worker and reviewed available evidence.

“In speaking with the election worker, we were able to confirm that in both of the two instances where elector assistance was provided, all appropriate procedures policies were followed and most importantly, there was no attempt to influence the outcome of electors’ votes,” said Michelle Baer, legal and legislative services manager, on Thursday.


-A flurry of ccomplaints about election worker’s social media post

“The investigation confirmed the individual understood their duties as a deputy returning officer and that they carried out those duties appropriately in the voting station. Based on this, there is no evidence of wrong-doing.”

The City had received a number of complaints from residents concerned about a comment this worker put on social media.

The comment was made in response to a social media post from a City Council candidate, and discussed the worker’s role in supporting electors at voting stations.

While some people interpreted the comment as if the worker had been non-partisan in dealing with voters, the city found no evidence of this.