Elections BC is revising its anticipated release of the results of Metro Vancouver’s transit plebiscite.
The agency had said it would take until July to count all the ballots, but now they’re saying it should be by the end of this month.
Spokesperson Don Main says it basically breaks down to opening each of the three envelopes in stages, starting with the yellow verification one.
“We will be opening those envelopes and continuing with the verification and screening, looking for a birth date and signature and making sure that matches our records. Then all of the certification envelopes are sorted according to municipality.”
Once that is done, Main says they tackle the secret ballot envelope.
“(We) manually remove the ballot and then ballots are batched in groups of a thousand. We will be electronically scanning those ballots to count the vote.”
Main says there are many envelopes yet to be opened.
“Before the close of voting we had about 699,000 ballots. That is 1.8 million envelopes that still have to be opened before we get to the ballot and do the counting. Elections BC expects we will announce the results to the legislative assembly and then to the media and the public before the end of June.”
Main says they are still determining how many ballot packages were sent in before voting closed last Friday.