ELECTIONS CANADA: MAIL-IN VOTING MAY SOAR IF ELECTION HELD DURING COVID-19

Aug 27, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Should Canadians find themselves heading to the polls in the fall, millions may decide to cast ballots by mail.
Elections Canada has commissioned a survey that suggest 21.8% of voters would prefer to do so if the country ends up holding an election during COVID-19.
The public opinion poll also found 58% would rather vote in-person at advance or election-day polling stations.
Fewer than 50,000 cast ballots by mail in last year’s election, but research suggest that number could soar to around 4-million.
Elections Canada warns that such a dramatic jump could delay the release of election results.
The research findings can be found in an updated posting on Elections Canada’s website about the impact of the pandemic on its planning for an election, which could happen as early as the fall.
That’s also when experts fear the country could be hit by a second wave.
Given it’s a minority government, the Liberals could be defeated at any time.
The first chance for the opposition to defeat them will come soon after Parliament returns September 23 with a speech from the throne, which will be put to a confidence vote.
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