Demand for mail-in ballots skyrockets during B.C. election campaign

There are 3.5-million registered voters. As of Oct. 13, about 20 per cent — 680,000 — had asked for mail-in ballots. In the 2017 provincial election, there were just 6.500 mail-in ballots cast.

At least 20 per cent of all registered voters in B.C. have requested vote-by-mail packages from Elections BC.

As of Tuesday (Oct. 13), Elections BC reported 680,000 voters had requested the packages, with about 138,500 packages (21 per cent) so far returned, compared to just 6,500 people who voted by mail in total in the last provincial election, in 2017.

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For the Oct. 24 election, there are 3.5-million registered voters.

Elections BC said some voters have yet to receive their packages and that the agency is working to process package requests, produce packages and send them to Canada Post for delivery.

The agency said some people, such as those requesting packages this week, will receive their vote-by-mail package after the recommended time of Oct. 17. Elections BC recommends those voters return their complete package in person to designated drop-off locations, including district electoral offices, voting places during voting hours and some Service BC locations.

Elections BC must receive vote-by-mail packages by 8 p.m. pacific time on Saturday, Oct. 24, which is general election day.

For more information on safe ways to vote during the pandemic, go online here.

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