Saturday marks deadline to return vote-by-mail packages for B.C. election

British Columbians who requested vote-by-mail packages for the provincial election should get their ballots in the mail.

Today (Oct. 17) marks the deadline recommended by Elections BC to return mail ballots, so that they are received by the electoral body before 8 p.m. on election day, Oct. 24.

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If you miss the mailing deadline, you can still return your vote-by-mail package in person at a district electoral office, voting place or participating Service BC location, according to Elections BC.

As of Friday, Elections BC said it had received about 717,000 requests for vote-by-mail packages. So far, about 177,000 – roughly 25 per cent – of those ballots have been returned.

In 2017, just 11,268 voters requested mail ballots.

According to Elections BC, mail-in and absentee ballots won’t be counted until 13 days after the election.

Nearly two million voters headed to the polls in the last provincial election.

There are 3,485,858 registered voters across B.C.

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