Final Counts & Recounts Begin Today
Victoria, B.C. – All eyes will be on Elections BC starting today.
“Today is the start of final count for the provincial election and that will go to Wednesday,” says Andrew Watson, communications manager.
“Final count is the count of absentee ballots (just over 179,000) for the election. And all electoral districts in the province – all 87 of them – will start counting those ballots this morning.”
And is if that isn’t intriguing enough, he says two recounts – in Courtenay-Comox (where just nine votes separate the leading NDP candidate from the Liberal) and Vancouver-False Creek – start today as well.
“Then they’ll move on to final count later in the process.”
And it may not end there.
“The final results of the election are determined at final count but under the Election Act candidates can also request a judicial recount. Those applications must occur within six days of the final results being declared at final count,” says Watson.
“And if after final count the difference between the top two candidates is less than 1/500th of the total ballots considered in the election – the Election Act requires that a judicial recount occur.”
He says in 2013 there was one judicial recount – in Coquitlam-Mallairdville – and the difference after final count was 35 votes.
“That gives you a sense of how the 1/500th difference typically works out to in an electoral district.”
Watson says in that election, final count finished on May 28 while the judicial recount occurred June 4.
“So, it gives you a sense of the timing around any judicial recounts that may occur.”
A lot is riding on the final counts and recounts because the May 9 provincial was the closest in decades.
Currently the BC Liberals hold 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the BC Greens 3.