FEDERAL ELECTION RESULTS COULD TAKE DAYS TO TABULATE BECAUSE OF EXCESS MAIL-IN BALLOTS

Aug 04, 2021

By Jane Brown

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If Canadians go to the polls in a late Summer or early Fall election, which is looking highly likely, Canada’s chief electoral officer is warning voters may have to wait a few days to find out the final results because of the pandemic.

Stephane Perrault says it’s part of a process Elections Canada has devised to ensure an election can be conducted safely and produce trustworthy results while the country remains in the grip of COVID-19, and that could mean a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians who choose to vote by mail during the pandemic.

Perrault says officials won’t start counting those mail-in ballots until the day after the election and it could take up to five days to complete.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is widely expected to go to the Governor General this month and ask for parliament to be dissolved so an election may take place.

Former Liberal Ontario finance Minister Charles Sousa told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with guest host Jane Brown he’s expecting the prime minister to visit the GG between August 8th
and the 15th, “with the election happening in September, the 13th or the 20th. It’ll be a short writ, 36 days, I don’t see Trudeau wanting to be much longer.”

A recent Leger poll gives the Liberals a slight lead over the Conservatives, but among decided voters, the gap is wider in the Liberals’ favour.

Listen for the full conversation with Fight Back’s strategy panelists by clicking here.

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