FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2022
VICTORIA – The report of the Chief Electoral Officer on the 2022 Vancouver-Quilchena and Surrey South By-elections is now available at the link below:
The report describes Elections BC’s administration of the by-elections. The Vancouver-Quilchena by-election was held on April 30, 2022, and the Surrey South by-election was held on September 10, 2022.
These were the first by-elections in B.C. conducted under the modernized Election Act. For the first time in a provincial by-election, electronic tabulators were used to count paper ballots and laptops were used to cross voters off the voters list in close to real-time. These changes helped provide better service to voters, supported parties in their get-out-the-vote efforts, and allowed for faster results reporting on election night.
Voter turnout in Vancouver-Quilchena was 27.6%, and the cost to administer the by-election was $766,293 (or $19.96 per registered voter). Voter turnout in Surrey South was 19.8%, and the cost to administer the by-election was $748,008 (or $13.76 per registered voter).
The report also includes summaries of the Orders of the Chief Electoral Officer issued for the by-elections, and the final Statement of Votes for both events.
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