VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – This federal election has set a new record for special ballots sent out of the country.
More than 54,000 have been issued to Canadian voters living overseas. This figure is up from the 34,000 special ballots issued last vote.
Dana McCune is one of those people who voted from America. She lives in Oregon, but grew up in Mission, BC.
“We are still Canadian citizens, and I would like to come back,” she told NEWS 1130.
When she voted, McCune says she hasn’t seen much coverage of the election. She feels a little out of place, saying that many people in her area don’t care about the Canadian vote.
“I think it would be very easy to come down here and live in an American bubble and not know what’s happening in Canada,” McCune said.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians live in the US
Many dual citizens live in Point Roberts. However, Brian Calder with the Chamber of Commerce does not expect everyone to participate in Monday’s election.
“I personally, am not aware of any, although many of us, myself included, would be entitled,” he explained.
“Although they have a Canadian passport, they are voting in the United States, not Canada,” Calder said.
Deadline Monday at 6 p.m. ET
Any Canadian over the age of 18 and who has lived in Canada at some point in their lifetime is able to vote in this country. To do so, citizens are required to apply for a mail-in ballot. When voting, they are required to provide either a copy of certain pages in their passport, a copy of their citizenship card or certificate, or a copy of their birth certificate showing that they were born in Canada. Had happened.
The deadline to request a special ballot was Tuesday, September 14.
For those who have received their ballot and haven’t sent it back yet, Matthew McKenna with Elections Canada says the clock is ticking.
“Depending on where they are, it can be difficult to get back,” McKenna said, adding that the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots for Elections Canada is Monday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
“Every voting kit comes with a pre-paid, pre-addressed return envelope,” he explained.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 13,000 voting kits had been returned to Elections Canada from abroad.
In total, more than 606,000 votes have been returned in Elections Canada, including in-person votes.