On last day for ballot returns, BC electoral reform referendum sits at 41 per cent participation

By James Peters
December 7, 2018 - 10:05am

VICTORIA, B.C. — With today the final day for British Columbians to return their electoral reform referendum ballots, it doesn't appear the initiative will even approach 50 per cent participation.

In new numbers released this morning by Elections BC, approximately 41 per cent of eligible voters had returned their ballots.

The ridings with the lowest returns were Surrey-Whalley at 22.4 per cent and Surrey-Green Timbers at 23.3 per cent.

The keeners are on Vancouver Island, with return rates of 52.4 per cent in Saanich North and the Islands and 51.4 per cent in Parksville-Qualicum.

Close to home, Kamloops-North Thompson has a ballot return of 36.8 per cent, while Kamloops-South Thompson sits at 43.2 per cent.

Fraser-Nicola has a return rate of 34.8 per cent, Cariboo-Chilcotin is at 38.4 per cent, and Shuswap comes in at 41.4 per cent.

For a complete list of ballot return rates by riding, visit this page.

While it is too late to drop ballots in the mail, they will be accepted at Service BC locations until 4:30 Friday afternoon.

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