Elections BC is urging voters to drop off their referendum ballots in person

Natalia Cuevas-Huaico / December 5, 2018

Proportional representation referendum voter package.
(Elections BC)

If you’re planning on dropping off your proportional representation referendum ballot at a mailbox, stop right now.

Elections BC is urging everyone to walk in and drop off their voting packages at any Service BC location before the deadline on Friday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. PT.

According to Service BC spokesperson Rebecca Penz, it is now too late receive any ballots dropped off for pick up at a mailbox or currently in transit.

The deadline to vote was originally set for November 30th but the deadline was extended by a week due to rotating strikes at Canada Post.

Since then, the federal government has passed legislation forcing Canada Post to end all rotating strikes.

Although Canada Post is now up and operating, Penz said Elections BC is still strongly encouraging voters to personally drop off their ballot.

Penz said the process to drop off your voter package at all locations is quick and easy, as they are not processing packages on the spot.

“Some of the locations in fact, have 24 hour drop boxes but make sure to check on the Elections BC website to confirm what locations have 24 hour drop boxes .” Rebecca Penz, Service BC

There are a total of 71 referendum service offices and BC service centers around the province.

Penz said Elections BC has screened a total of 1,126,737 million ballot packages, reflecting a 34.2 percent turnout.

But, Penz said they actually estimate a return of 1,315,000 million voter packages amounting to a 40% voter turnout so far.

BC Elections is hoping to announce result prior to Christmas, but it all depends on voter turnout and how quickly packages are screened.

Voters can drop off their ballots at a Service BC or Referendum Service Office. All locations can be found down below or click here.