Mail-in voting explained (with video)
Nomination ballots are now arriving in mailboxes across the riding, and we’ve received quite a few questions about the mail-in voting process. Yes, it’s a bit complicated! To help you along, my wife Michelle has created a short video that walks you through the whole process (see bottom of this page).
As well, here are the answers to five frequently asked questions about the nomination vote:
Do I have to rank all four candidates on my ballot?
No, you don’t. The instructions the party provided contain a typo, which makes them contradictory. The party has therefore decided to waive the requirement that members rank all four candidates. You can rank a single candidate, or you can rank up to four candidates – it's your choice. It is still a ranked ballot process.
What happens if I made a mistake in preparing my envelope, or the party receives my ballot too late?
In order to have your mail-in ballot counted, it must be properly prepared (see video) and the party must receive it before the May 22 deadline. If it is received after the deadline or if the medium-sized, white envelope does not have your signature on the flap and your name and address on the front, it will be considered spoiled and will not be counted. However, in these cases you will still have a chance to vote online on May 23-24 (see below) and in-person on May 25.
If it’s a secret ballot, why do I have to put my name and address on the second envelope?
Putting your name and address on the medium-sized envelope allows the party to mark you down as having voted. Once you have been marked off the list, your addressed envelope is then destroyed and your unopened, brown ballot envelope containing your ballot is placed into the ballot box for counting. Who you voted for remains secret.
How does the online voting work?
Online voting is only available if the party has your current email address. If you have not provided the party with your email address but wish to vote online, email your request to email@example.com prior to May 22 at 5pm. Instructions regarding how to vote online will be emailed to applicable members on May 23.
How are ranked ballots counted?
On May 25, all the ballots will be counted for voters’ first choices. If one candidate receives more than 50 percent (a majority) of the votes, that person wins. If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated and voters who ranked the eliminated candidate as their first choice have their ballots allocated to the remaining candidates according to their second choice. This process repeats and last-place candidates are dropped from the counting until one candidate reaches a majority and wins. Your vote counts for your second choice only if your first-choice candidate has been eliminated.
If you have any questions about the voting process, please don’t hesitate to contact Benilde (Be) Gomes at 250-615-6862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.