Transit referendum participation nearing 40 per cent

Friday May 15 is deadline for Metro Vancouver voters to request a ballot if they don't have one (with interactive charts)

More than 616,000 transit referendum ballots have now been mailed back to Elections BC and gone through initial screening.

Elections BC says it has now received and screened 616,519 Metro Vancouver transit referendum ballots from 39.5 per cent of registered voters.

The breakdown of returned ballots (see interactive charts below) shows the count has surpassed November’s municipal election turnout in most municipalities.

Spokesman Don Main said Elections BC has caught up in processing incoming ballots and no longer has a significant backlog to work through.

The latest numbers come as a final push is on by both the Yes and No camps in the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite to ensure every voter gets a ballot.

Some residents may not have received ballot packages because they misplaced or lost them or they did not receive one for other reasons, such as an address change.

Midnight on Friday May 15 is the deadline to ask Elections BC for a new one by calling 1-800-661-8683.

Ballots can also be requested up until May 15 at one of nine Elections BC plebiscite offices in Metro Vancouver, where voting can also be done on the spot. (For locations and hours see http://www.elections.bc.ca/plebiscite/where.html.)

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