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Richmond makes use of alternative voting methods

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 4:45 PDT, Thu October 22, 2020

About a third of Richmond voters made use of alternative voting methods this year, according to Elections BC statistics.

In total, 20,471—or 14 per cent—of Richmond’s registered voters cast their ballot during advance voting, which took place Oct. 15 to 21. A further 19 per cent requested vote-by-mail packages.

The highest number of advance voters live in Richmond-Queensborough, with 7,149 of 39,788 (18 per cent) casting ballots in advance. Conversely, the highest number of vote-by-mail packages were requested by Richmond-Steveston residents, with 8,700 of 36,844 voters (23.5 per cent) wishing to vote this way.

Between Richmond’s four ridings, the recently-created Richmond North Centre and Richmond South Centre received the lowest percentage of advance votes—10 and 11 per cent respectively—and lower numbers of vote-by-mail requests. 

General election day is this Saturday (Oct. 24), at which time more Richmondites will head to the polls.

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