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Friday is deadline for special ballots to be postmarked in Newfoundland and Labrador election

Newfoundland and Labrador election ballots are being counted. FILE PHOTO
Newfoundland and Labrador election ballots are being counted.

Envelopes must to be postmarked March 12 at latest for vote to be counted

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Counting of ballots began Saturday in the elongated 2021 provincial election.

As of Monday, the counting had not yet included ballots submitted since in-person voting was called off.

Elections NL said there were 35,000 ballots on hand before the Feb. 13 election day was scrapped due to the pandemic and a surge in COVID-19 cases.

About 120,000 ballot kits were requested since then, and the deadline to have them postmarked is Friday.

Despite the fact counting of ballots will continue into April, and with possibilities of the Alert Level 5 pandemic lockdown ending Friday, rescheduling an in-person voting day, after all, has been ruled out by Elections NL.



As well, there’s no notion of extending the Friday deadline by which special ballots must be postmarked.

Ballot counters — with scrutineers from three provincial parties watching — began their job after about a half day of training Saturday at Elections NL in St. John’s.

There are 10 tables, with two counters at each table.

The outer envelope is opened and the ballot envelopes are set aside while the appropriate paperwork is looked after, and then the ballots are put in the ballot box.

The ballots from various districts are mixed up to be counted in such a way that it’s not evident who is leading in a district, Elections NL said.

The counting staff work from 9 a.m. until about 5 p.m.

On average, about 5,000 ballots can be counted each day, although Saturday was not a full day.


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