Referendum voting packages have to be received by Elections BC no later than 4:30 p.m.

Referendum voting packages have to be received by Elections BC no later than 4:30 p.m.

The clock is ticking for British Columbians to meet Elections BC’s 4:30 p.m. deadline to receive completed referendum ballots on electoral reform.

Elections BC extended the voting period an extra week because of rotating walk-outs by Canada Post’s unionized employees, which it said two weeks ago had impacted accessibility.

As of 8:20 a.m. Friday morning, Elections BC said they had received an estimated 1,356,000 voting packages, a return of about 41 per cent and 37.1 per cent have been screened.

Completed packages must be returned in person at a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

British Columbians are being asked if they want to keep the current first-past-the-post provincial electoral system or switch to a version of proportional representation.

Elections BC says results will be reported when all ballots are counted, which it says will take several weeks.

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