39.5% of transit plebiscite ballots returned so far

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Elections B.C.

Elections B.C. has released its seventh update on the number of Metro Vancouver residents who have returned their transit plebiscite ballots.

As of May 13, during the first eight weeks of voting, 39.5 per cent or 616,519 ballots were returned and counted by the elections office.

Here is a full breakdown of the returned ballot numbers to date:

  • Bowen Island: 39.9% – 1,079 of 2,705
  • City of Burnaby: 38.7% – 55,838 of 144,455
  • City of Coquitlam: 40.0% – 29,644 of 86,637
  • City of Langley: 38.9% – 6,825 of 17,531
  • City of Maple Ridge: 42.5% – 23,164 of 54,462
  • City of New Westminster: 41.5% – 19,100 of 45,989
  • City of North Vancouver: 40.7% – 14,003 of 34,430
  • City of Pitt Meadows: 41.4% – 5,315 of 12,849
  • City of Port Coquitlam: 41.2% – 15,957 of 38,754
  • City of Port Moody: 41.8% – 9,451 of 22,602
  • City of Richmond: 39.0% – 48,687 of 124,768
  • City of Surrey: 35.0% – 103,470 of 295,364
  • City of Vancouver: 40.3% – 168,548 of 417,957
  • City of White Rock: 41.8% – 6,430 of 15,373
  • Corporation of Delta: 41.1% – 28,389 of 69,016
  • District of North Vancouver: 44.1% – 26,738 of 60,606
  • District of West Vancouver: 41.7% – 12,586 of 30,147
  • Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A: 33.5% – 2,159 of 6,437
  • Township of Langley: 41.9% – 32,583 of 77,780
  • Tsawwassen First Nation: 39.3% – 207 of 527
  • Village of Anmore: 42.0% – 638 of 1,519
  • Village of Belcarra: 50.4% – 256 of 508
  • Village of Lions Bay: 42.6% – 452 of 1,062

The number of returned ballots has been steadily climbing. Last week, the elections office counted 550,907 ballots or 29.2 per cent of the total number of registered voters.

Ballot numbers will likely soar during the final two weeks of voting.

In total, over 1.56 million residents across the region’s 23 municipal jurisdictions are registered to vote in the plebiscite. Eligible voters who have not received their ballots in the mail have until tomorrow, May 15, to register to vote and request for a ballot package.

Completed ballots must be returned to Elections B.C. no later than midnight on May 29 in order to be counted. A total of nine plebiscite service offices have opened at the region’s shopping malls to assist voters with registration and ballot return.

The results of the vote will be released several weeks after the voting deadline.

SkyTrain Public Transit Canada Line / Shutterstock

SEE ALSO: How to vote in the Metro Vancouver Transit Plebiscite, beginning March 16

The ballot question asks voters to approve a 0.5 per cent regional increase in the provincial sales tax (from 7.0 to 7.5%) to help fund the Mayors’ Council’s $7.5 billion, 10-year plan for transportation improvements.

This includes an underground extension of the SkyTrain Millennium Line along Broadway, a light rail transit network in Surrey, a new seismically safe Pattullo Bridge, improved night bus service, the use of a third SeaBus and a significant increase in bus network frequency, including the introduction of 11 new B-Line rapid bus routes.

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