BC plans for a pandemic election

Voters will be expected to sanitize before and after they vote this October – regardless of their ballot choice.

Planning for a pandemic election, voting safely in-person, by mail and services for at risk voters are being covered this morning by the province of British Columbia.

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“Voting will be similar to picking up a take out coffee,” said  Charles Porter, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Electoral Finance and Operations this morning, adding planning began in April 2020 with voters surveyed in May and August.

 Yvonne Koehn, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Corporate Services says they expected 35 percent of votes could be by mail – or 800,000 votes.

Pandemic protocols for in-person voting include: physical distancing, capacity limits, PPE for election officials, protective barriers, and hand sanitizing stations

Services for at-risk voters include vote-by-mail, assisted telephone voting, services for voters in care facilities and hospitals, outreach to First Nations communities, student groups, and agencies that provide services to homeless individuals.


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