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Canada Thousands of mail ballots still to be counted: 12 ridings started tally Friday

23:55  24 september  2021
23:55  24 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Elections Canada says in some ridings with thousands of mail -in ballots , final results may not be available until Friday . Elections Canada says it believes most of the 850,000 mail -in ballots not counted on Monday night have now been tallied , but there are still several close-run ridings that have yet to be determined. On Wednesday, the ridings of Fredericton, Edmonton Centre, Northwest Territories and Yukon were declared for the Liberals after the count wrapped up, along with the Toronto riding of Davenport, where Liberal Julie Dzerowicz beat NDP candidate Alejandra Bravo by 165 votes.

OTTAWA — The final federal election result may be delayed until the weekend — or even longer — because thousands of mail-in ballots have still to be counted.

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Twelve ridings did not start counting mail ballots until Friday, Elections Canada confirmed Thursday.

In two tight races in B.C. — in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Richmond Centre — postal votes could clinch the final result.

Officials started counting mail ballots on Friday morning in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, a three-way battle between the NDP, Tories and Greens, according to Elections Canada. Votes tallied on election night from polling stations suggest the NDP have a narrow lead in the B.C. riding.

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With the mail -in ballot count still continuing in four tightly-contested ridings Thursday evening, the Conservatives stood at 119 seats, the NDP at 25 and the Greens at two. However, recounts are expected in a clutch of close-run ridings , where a handful of votes separates the victor from the loser. In most ridings in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, counting was complete by Thursday afternoon, as well as in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. But across B.C. — where more mail -in ballots were received than any other province — election officials were still tallying thousands of

Elections Canada says in some ridings with thousands of mail -in ballots , final results may not be available until Friday . Elections Canada says it believes most of the 850,000 mail -in ballots not counted on Monday night have now been tallied , but there are still several close-run ridings that have yet to be determined. On Wednesday, the ridings of Fredericton, Edmonton Centre, Northwest Territories and Yukon were declared for the Liberals after the count wrapped up, along with the Toronto riding of Davenport, where Liberal Julie Dzerowicz beat NDP candidate Alejandra Bravo by 165 votes.

Elections Canada had expected counting to have finished by Friday. But the count in some ridings might continue into the weekend, before a final result can be announced.

Officials have to check and verify mail-in ballots before starting to count them, to ensure they have been signed and people have not voted twice.


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In some ridings, including Victoria, more than 10,000 mail ballots had to be verified before the count could start. A record number of postal votes was received at this election, some from people who did not want to vote in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elections Canada said in a statement that in more than 300 ridings counting has now finished.

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With the mail -in ballot count still continuing in four tightly-contested ridings Thursday evening, the Conservatives stood at 119 seats, the NDP at 25 and the Greens at two. However, recounts are expected in a clutch of close-run ridings , where a handful of votes separates the victor from the loser. In most ridings in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, counting was complete by Thursday afternoon, as well as in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. But across B.C. — where more mail -in ballots were received than any other province — election officials were still tallying thousands of

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Recounts are expected in a few ridings with very close results, such as Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley in Manitoba where the Conservatives edged out the Liberals by only 24 votes

Elections expert Dennis Pilon said mail-in ballots "had made a difference in a few races."

Pilon, an associate professor of politics at York University, said in very close races parties might ask for a recount, particularly if "spoiled" ballots were a matter of dispute.

He said scrutineers from each party carefully monitor how counts are conducted to ensure every vote they receive is tallied.

They pay particular attention to "spoiled" ballots, disregarded because they have been improperly filled out, or are difficult to interpret, in races with a photo-finish.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.

Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press

Some results hang on just a handful of votes, as mail-ballot count continues .
OTTAWA — Recounts are expected in a clutch of close-run ridings, where a handful of votes separates the victor from the loser, according to election experts. As the counting of mail-in ballots continued in many ridings across the country on Thursday, some races were still too close to call. Election experts predict that in a few photo-finish ridings, who will sit in Parliament will be settled by a recount. Among the close-run results is in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where less than one per cent of the vote separates the Liberals and the Conservatives. Experts say a recount is expected in the Winnipeg riding of Charleswood-St.

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