On October 24, 2022, Oshawa City Ward 1 incumbent Councillor Rosemary McConkey won the election by 8 votes over challenger Theresa Corless. According to the City of Oshawa's procedures, an automatic recount would occur if the difference was 6 votes or less.
At the November 15, 2022 special meeting of council, John Mascarin of Aird & Berlis LLP provided a delegation on behalf of Theresa Corless requesting a recount pursuant to s. 57 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
During discussion, it was noted that a total of 97 votes across the City were cast but not counted. Fifty of those ballots were purposely spoiled or left blank and the remaining 47 were rejected by the tabulator. The City Clerk believed that there were 7 votes in Ward 1 that were not counted because they were rejected by the tabulator. The City Clerk also confirmed that once rejected by the tabulator, a human does not review the ballot to determine if there was a clear voting intention.
Council voted in favour of a recount for City Ward 1. No timeline was discussed or determined. If the challenger is not satisfied with the City's recount, she has the option to apply to the courts for a hand recount.