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Electoral reform referendum voting period extended

Last Updated Nov 23, 2018 at 10:52 am PDT

FILE: The 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform package and mail in ballot from Elections B.C. is pictured in North Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward)

Elections BC decides to extend deadline due to rotating Canada Post strikes

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If that electoral reform ballot is still sitting in its envelope, don’t worry — you haven’t missed your window to mail it in and have your say in the referendum on whether to change the way we elect our provincial politicians.

Elections BC is extending the voting period for the referendum on proportional representation.

Voting packages will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018. This is a week beyond the original Nov. 30, 2018 deadline.

The extension is in response to the rotating strikes at Canada Post, which have been happening for over a month.

“The rotating strikes have impacted many different communities throughout B.C. on an ongoing basis throughout the referendum period,” Andrew Watson with Elections BC said.

“We were getting to the point where it wasn’t clear that if a voter put their voting package in the mail that it would reach us by the deadline.”

As of Monday morning, voter turnout was about 30 per cent.

“We encourage voters to return their completed voting package as soon as possible,” Watson added.

The deadline to request a voting package, if you have not already received one, has not changed. You have until 12 a.m. Saturday to do so by visiting elections.bc.ca/ovr or calling 1-800-661-8683.

You can also visit a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office during office hours on Friday.