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North Vancouver voters rank 10th highest in requests for mail-in ballots

A total of 7,757 mail-in ballots have been requested in the North Vancouver riding, while 7,158 mail-in ballots have been requested in neighbouring West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country
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Over 7,700 voters in North Vancouver have opted to vote by mail. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Canadians head to the polls Sept. 20

North Vancouver voters are among those choosing to cast their ballots by mail in some of the highest numbers in the country, according to Elections Canada.

The North Vancouver riding was 10th highest in Canada for the number of people requesting mail-in ballots as of Tuesday morning.

A total of 7,757 mail-in ballots had been requested in the riding and 3,542 of those had been returned, according to Elections Canada.

Eight of the top 10 ridings for mail-in ballot requests were in B.C.

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country voters have also requested mail-in ballots in significant numbers. West Vancouver has the 14th highest number of voters requesting the special ballots, with 7,158 mail-in ballots issued as of Tuesday morning and 3,887 of those ballots returned.

Voters in Burnaby North-Seymour had also requested a total of 4,531 mail-in ballots and 1,271 of those had been returned.

Anyone else wanting to vote by mail had better hurry, however.

The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is 6 p.m. local time today (Sept. 14). Voters can still request the ballot by completing an online application.

Once a person has applied to vote by mail, their name is taken off the voter’s lists, so they can’t change their mind and vote in person. According to Elections Canada, that’s to ensure there is no confusion and that no voter can vote twice.

It’s the voter’s responsibility to ensure their ballot is received by the end of election day on Sept. 20. Voters can mail their ballots or they can drop them off to the local returning office or to a poll in their own electoral district.

Mail-in ballots are counted after the regular ballots on election day, once verifications have been completed.

Elections Canada has estimated that could take up to 24 hours in some ridings.

As of Sept. 14, one million mail-in ballots had been issued Canada-wide and over half of those had been returned.

A further 5.78 million voters opted to cast their ballots in advance polls across the country, which were open Sept. 10 to 13.