Elections BC says it has extended the deadline to receive electoral referendum ballots to Dec. 7. File photo.

Elections BC says it has extended the deadline to receive electoral referendum ballots to Dec. 7. File photo.

Elections BC has extended the deadline to accept completed voter packages in the B.C. referendum on electoral reform.

The deadline was 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30, but that has now been pushed back a week to Dec. 7.

In a statement, Elections BC Chief Electoral Officer Anton Boegman said the elections office has worked closely with Canada Post to get an understanding of what impact the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ rotating strikes has on the referendum process.

“Rotating strikes have impacted accessibility. As a result, we have extended the deadline to ensure that voters are not prevented from participating through no fault of their own.” Boegman said.

Voters are being asked if they want the stick with the current first-past-the-post system in provincial elections or move to proportional representation.

Elections BC is advising residents to get ballot packages in as soon as possible to be received by the Dec. 7 deadline and to give officials time to call if returned packages are missing required information.

The deadline to request a voting package, if you have not received one yet, remains at midnight tonight.

Eligible voters can request a package online, call 1-800-661-8683 until midnight tonight or by visiting a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office.

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