Just 35% of the ballots sent in have been screened by Elections BC.
With about three weeks to go before voting closes for the transit and transportation funding plebiscite, the voter participation numbers are increasing only slightly.
Slightly less than a million votes are still in play, with only 550,000 votes screened out of 1.5 million registered voters.
The lions share of the returned ballots still come from Metro Vancouver’s two largest cities Vancouver and Surrey.
Participation in Vancouver sits at 37.9%.
That is much higher than Surrey at 29.9%.
However, less than half of Vancouverites have yet to vote, and in Surrey the number is well below half.
While Elections BC may have more ballots mailed back than it has actually been able to screen it still leaves three weeks for your vote to count.
Ballots must be returned by 8 pm May 29th.
UBC’s David Moscrop says plebiscite numbers could have been higher if the vote hadn’t been by mail.
“It might have been convenient at a different time, but in the contemporary world that’s run by e-mail… I wouldn’t say it’s not all that convenient at all.”
Moscrop says while more people might have voted electronically, security is still a big concern.
He also says filling out the ballot is a bit of a hassle, and not a lot of people walk out to their mailbox these days.