Some of the transit and transportation plebiscite ballots have been showing up with all the envelopes inside already sealed shut.
It happened to John Tims.
“All three of my envelopes were sealed shut.”
Tims says Elections BC told him to cut them open, vote, and then seal it back up with tape.
“The only way to use them was to cut them open, which I didn’t think was a very secure way
Tims says Elections BC told him this has happened with a lot of people.
“I don’t think it is a very good way to run a ballot at all. I think it is very insecure.”
But that is exactly what Elections BC spokesperson Don Main suggests, unless you want a whole new voting package mailed out.
“It is not a concern for voters if they cut them open and then tape them closed it is not going to make their package null and void.”
Main says they do have a new supplier but he is not entirely sure what might be causing the problem.
“I don’t know if it has to do with humidity or if they are in damp environments where there mailboxes are. I don’t know if that is the case but certainly we will look at something in the future with our mail as far the type of glue that in being used.”
Main says you can also ask Elections BC for a new voting package.