The polls are now closed in BC's provincial election

Oct 24 2020, 8:11 pm

The polls have closed in a British Columbia election that has largely been defined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Democrat Leader John Horgan called the election on September 21, one year ahead of the scheduled date.

The BC Liberals and the Greens criticized the decision to hold an election during the pandemic, arguing it was a bid for power when the focus should be on public health and the economy.

Due to the number of mail-in ballots, Elections BC says the winning party may not be known for two weeks when the mailed ballots are counted.

Elections BC says nearly half a million mail-in ballots have been returned as people tried to avoid going to the polls to vote in BC’s election during the pandemic.

It says 724,279 vote-by-mail packages were requested, with nearly 498,000 returned as of Friday night. Voters had until the polls close today to return the mail-in ballots. There are nearly 3.5 million registered voters in British Columbia

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