The viewing parties are over and the victory speeches are over, but many communities across Canada may have to wait for days for special ballots to be counted before they know who represents them in the House of Commons. Will do
There are still 24 close races where local postal ballots can decide the winners.
Not least thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elections Canada received a record number of mail-in ballots this year. More than a million have already been received, and many more that were removed at local Election Canada offices and polling stations still have to be included in the final tally.
While staff at large-scale, centralized counting facilities already count votes coming in from members of Canadian forces, incarcerated voters and Canadians abroad, there is still a need to verify local people’s votes. Is.
That work began Tuesday morning at local riding offices across the country. Elections Canada staff must go through each ballot to ensure that there are no duplicates and that it does not belong to anyone who voted in person. Officials must also verify the signatures of voters, and only then can the ballots be counted.
In rides where people chose to vote collectively by special ballot, staff may not be able to actually start counting them until Wednesday and may have to continue for several days.
This could leave many riding with a hard run without an elected member of parliament until Thursday or Friday.
In Salt Stay. Mary received 41 votes between Liberal incumbent Terry Sheehan and Conservative challenger Sonny Spina. But with 1,660 votes still to be counted in that ride, it’s still someone’s race.
The race is the highest in Ontario that will be decided by special ballot, with nine riding results still outstanding.
British Columbia had the largest number of mail-in ballots, which has left four ridings awaiting their results.
At Edmonton Centre, liberals are still hoping to find their footing in Alberta’s capital, when Randy Boissonault was voted out in 2019.
The latest results show Boissonault is 136 votes ahead of the Conservative’s incumbent James Cumming, with 2,241 votes still to be verified and counted.
Boissonnault’s team said they are waiting patiently.
“We are very excited and very confident about what we have seen in the results so far,” campaign communications director Brendan Legault said in an email.
Elections Canada plans to post updates on its progress on its website by counting special ballots from local voters to give people a sense of how close they are to the finish line of some of these long hauls.