Nearly half a million British Columbians requested a mail-in ballot

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At least 474,000 British Columbians have requested a mail-in ballot for this year’s election, a significant increase from the previous election.Voting by mail was expected to be a more popular option this year because of COVID-19, and that has proven to be true so far. In 2017, a total of 6,500 postal votes were cast.

Postal voting is a safe option for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable going to the polls in person on October 24, according to Elections BC.

Any voter in British Columbia can request a voting package by mailing Elections BC online or by calling voter services at 1-800-661-8683. The package will be mailed to you or you can pick it up at any of the 88 District Election Offices in British Columbia.

If you’ve already requested a ballot by mail, it will be a little different – ballots requested before the close for nominations on October 2 will not be accompanied by candidate names.

You will need to find the names of the candidates in your district and write your choice on the ballot yourself. You can also write the name of the party you’ve chosen if you don’t know who your candidate is, Elections BC said.

The package that includes your completed ballot must be returned to the district election office by 8:00 p.m. PT on October 24, or your vote will not count.

This means that if you are sending your package by post, rather than delivering it to the office in person, you should do so as soon as possible.

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