The final count of votes in this year’s BC election begins on Monday, taking into account absentee ballots and recounts which will finally give us a result.
According to elections BC, the count will add 179,611 extra votes, which were not counted on election night, to the results so far in all ridings:
- Absentee – Voting within the voter’s electoral district but not at the voter’s assigned voting place
- Absentee – Voting outside of the voter’s electoral district
- Advance absentee – Voting at advance voting outside of the voter’s electoral district
- Alternative absentee voting – Voting in the office of the district electoral officer between Writ Day and 4 pm on General Voting Day
- Alternative absentee voting by voting package – Vote by Mail
- Special voting – Votes cast with mobile teams in places such as hospitals and isolated communities where people are unable to attend another voting location
The final count starts so long after the election to allow time for the ballots to be sent from the electoral district where they were cast to the district where voters are registered.
The count is held in the district electoral office and carried out by the district electoral officer, who may be assisted by other election officials.
Elections BC will be updating their website periodically as the latest results are known and a final election result is expected by end of day Wednesday.
Daily Hive will be monitoring the results so you don’t have to, and we’ll post updates on our BC Election site here: Battleground BC.
What difference could the final count make?
As of election night, overall Parliament is hung; the BC Liberals hold 43 seats, the BC NDP hold 41, and BC Greens hold 3, meaning no one has a majority.
However, five ridings are extremely tight and could go either way depending on absentee ballots, and in two cases, official recounts.
Those five ridings are:
- Joan Isaacs, BC Liberal Party – 9,581 votes, 44.79%
- Jodie Wickens, BC NDP – 9,313 votes, 43.53%
- Ian Donnelly Soutar, BC Green Party – 2,499 votes, 11.68%
In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, the BC Liberals are ahead by just 268 votes.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,134 extra votes to be considered.
- Ronna-Rae Leonard, BC NDP – 10,058 votes, 37.15%
- Jim Benninger, BC Liberal Party – 10,049 votes, 37.11%
- Ernie Sellentin, BC Green Party – 4,909 votes, 18.13%
- Leah Catherine McCulloch – BC Conservative Party, 2,061 votes, 7.61%
In Courtenay-Comox, the BC NDP are leading by nine votes. Yep – you read that right. NINE. Elections BC will be carrying out a recount here at the request of Jim Benninger.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,077 extra votes to be considered.
- Bob D’Eith, BC NDP – 9,843 votes, 41.46%
- Marc Dalton, BC Liberal Party – 9,723 votes, 40.95%
- Peter Pak Chiu Tam, BC Green Party – 3,181 votes, 13.40%
- Trevor Hamilton, BC Conservative Party – 850 votes, 3.58%
- Jeff Monds, Libertarian – 144 votes, 0.61%
In Maple Ridge-Mission, the BC NDP is ahead by only 120 votes.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,562 extra votes to be considered.
- Jas Johal, BC Liberal Party – 7,525 votes, 41.74%
- Aman Singh, BC NDP – 7,262 votes, 40.28%
- Michael Wolfe, BC Green Party – 2,311 votes, 12.82%
- Kay Khilvinder Hale, BC Conservative Party – 635 votes, 3.52%
- Lawrence Chen, Republican Party – 294 votes, 1.63%
In Richmond-Queensborough, the BC Liberals are ahead by just 263 votes.
According to Elections BC, there are 1,902 extra votes to be considered.
- Sam Sullivan, BC Liberal Party – 9,332 votes, 42.57%
- Morgane Oger, BC NDP – 8,772 votes, 40.01%
- Bradley Darren Shende, BC Green Party – 3,448 votes, 15.73%
- Liz Jaluague, Libertarian – 200 votes, 0.91%
- James Filippelli, Your Political Party of BC (YPP) – 96 votes, 0.44%
- Phillip James Ryan, BC Citizens First Party – 75 votes, 0.34%
In Vancouver-False Creek, the BC Liberals are ahead by 560 votes. Elections BC will be carrying out a recount here on the request of Phillip James Ryan.
According to Elections BC, there are 2,814 extra votes to be considered.
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