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B.C. election: Some voters may receive ballots too late to return by mail, says Elections BC

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Elections BC says it has received so many requests for mail-in ballots that some voters may not receive their vote-by-mail package in time to be counted in this month’s provincial election.

More than 670,000 mail-in ballots have been issued as of Tuesday, Elections BC said in a release. In the 2017 provincial election, just 6,517 voters voted by mail.

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“Some voters who have been issued a vote-by-mail package may not have received it yet,” reads the statement.

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“It is possible that voters, especially those who request a voting package this week, will receive their vote-by-mail package after the recommended deadline to return it by mail on Oct. 17.”

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Voters who receive their package after the deadline are being asked to drop off their ballot at a designated drop-off location or to vote in person during advance voting or on election day. Voters who opt to vote in person after requesting a vote-by-mail package must destroy it and should not return it to Elections BC.

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More than 138,000 completed vote-by-mail packages have already been returned, Elections BC said.