Did you receive a blank ballot in the mail? Here’s how to fill it

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If you are one of the nearly half a million people who have already applied for a postal ballot for the upcoming provincial election, you might notice that they are a little different from previous years.According to Elections BC, at least 474,000 British Columbians have requested a mail-in ballot for this year’s election on Wednesday night.

But the candidate nomination period doesn’t end until October 2, so if you’ve already requested a ballot in the mail, it won’t come with the names of the candidates.

Certain rules must be followed for your ballot to be eligible; here is what you need to know.

Name of party or candidate

To correctly fill out your ballot, you must either enter the name of the party or candidate you wish to elect.

However, Elections BC says you can’t just write the name of the party leader unless you live in their electoral district.

An example of a blank ballot. You can write the name of a candidate or a party running in your riding. (BC Elections)

If you are unsure of your electoral district, this is written on the certification envelope included in your postal package.

CBC News compiled a list of all the candidates running in each electoral district.

All mail-in votes must be received by Elections BC by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday 24 October.

Additionally, Elections BC says the spelling is forgiving as long as the candidate you’re voting for is clear.

Parcel post can also be dropped off in person at election offices and certain Service BC locations.

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