VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Though it is not against the rules for a party volunteers to pick up and deliver British Columbians’ electoral reform ballots, Elections BC would rather political parties refrain from playing courier service.
As a way to counteract the backlog of the Canada Post strikes and to lend a hand to those who physically cannot drop their ballot into a mail box, the B.C. Green Party is offering a service to deliver ballots to Elections BC instead. People can fill out an online form with their information, after which a volunteer picks up the ballot and delivers it to an Elections BC location.
— BC Green Party (@BCGreens) November 27, 2018
B.C.’s voting administrator, however, does not encourage the initiative. Andrew Watson, Elections BC communications manager, says the extended Dec. 7 submission deadline for the ballots gives people enough time to have their say on electoral reform, in case they are worried it may be too late. Sending or dropping it off yourself is the best way to ensure the ballot arrives where it is supposed to, he adds.
“The regulation governing the referendum doesn’t prohibit a volunteer from delivering a voting package on someone else’s behalf, but it’s not something that we encourage,” Watson says. “Voting packages are addressed to the specific registered voter, so we encourage voters to keep them in their possession and not leave them unattended, and also encourage them to bring them directly to us.”
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Approximately 33 per cent of the ballots have already been returned to Elections BC.