World News – CA – Elections BC asks for patience with election results amid unprecedented ballots


Elections BC warns that we may not know who won the election until weeks after polls close tonight, 16 set as target for final results

« Never before have so many voters cast their ballots before Election Day in electoral history in British Columbia, » Chief Electoral Officer Anton Boegman said at a press conference on Friday in explaining how the election agency prepared to count at least half a million mails -voting by hand

This process will not begin until November 6, almost two weeks after polling day, which is required under the Election Act to prevent electoral fraud

The final tally usually takes three days, but Boegman said it may take longer due to the unprecedented number of mail-in and mail-in votes He had no estimate of how long it might take

Elections BC will notify the public in November 5 how many certified mail-in ballots have been received, which could give a more accurate picture of how long the count will take

In ridings where the candidates are tied or extremely close, a recount may be requested up to six days after the final tally Each district returns its writ of election to the Chief Electoral Officer no later than Nov 16, after which the results are considered final

More than 11 million votes were cast, 681,055 people having voted in advance

Elections BC received around 478,000 mail-in ballot packages, or about 66% of the 724,279 mail-in ballot packages requested, Boegman said

This does not include packages currently in the postal system and those that will be dropped off in person at polling stations or polling stations

In the 2017 provincial election, about two million people voted About 6,500 ballots were cast by mail

The big question this year is how the postal and postal ballots will affect the final tally, especially for close races

« Postal voting will always be a wildcard, » Boegman said, noting that postal votes are up 7,200% from 2017

Votes cast on polling day and in advance, known as « live » ballots, will be counted on polling night Preliminary results will be available at election results before JCCalifornia First results are expected approximately half an hour after closing of the ballot at 8 a.m.

Mail ballots and postal votes are counted by hand, as some voters who received their voting packages before the candidates were confirmed had to write on behalf of the chosen candidate

All mail and mail ballots are sent to the constituency and examined to ensure that the voter is registered and eligible to vote and that someone who has voted by mail or by mail has not also did not vote on polling day

There are teams for the job in each constituency The counting teams are led by the district electoral officer and their deputy

The counting of postal and postal ballots could start at different times in different constituencies, which means that the results will be staggered

Boegman said it was difficult to predict whether more advance polls and mail ballots would become the norm, or if this election is a one-off due to the pandemic He said the law amending the electoral law, which was passed in 2019 but has not yet entered into force, could allow the use of electronic voting machines to compile postal and postal ballots, this which could speed up the final count

Postal certification envelopes will not be considered valid if they do not contain a ballot or contain multiple ballots from the same household In these cases, the certification envelope is set aside and the vote is not is not counted

Elections BC has said that physical distancing will be in place between the counting teams and party tellers, who will not hover over each other as in previous elections

Elections BC has a staff of just under 100 that reaches up to 25,000 during elections

People who mailed a ballot will not be notified that their ballot has been received, but voters who sent their ballot before Oct 17 should be assured their vote will reach BC elections on time, says Boegman

Canada Post will deliver the ballots until the polls close on Saturday, and election officials will be at the Canada Post distribution center in Richmond to ensure all mail-in ballots are received before 8 p.m. Saturday will be counted

Voters have until 4 p.m. Saturday to request a mail-in kit at a district election office Ballots can be cast at a district election office, polling station, and some BC locations before 8 p.m.

Anyone looking for a place to drop the ballots can go to the elections before JCca / vote / how to vote by mail or by call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683

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World News – CA – Elections BC asks for patience with election results amid unprecedented ballots


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