Preliminary results will be available at results.elections.bc.ca after 8 p.m. Pacific time on General Voting Day (October 24, 2020).
Initial count is the preliminary count of ballots on election night. It includes ballots from advance and general voting. It does not include mail-in ballots; these are counted at final count. Initial count happens as soon as possible after the close of voting at 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Election Day.
Final count is the count of absentee ballots that were not considered at initial count, including mail-in ballots. At the end of final count, the district electoral officer can declare a candidate elected.
Final count normally starts 13 days after Election Day and lasts for three days. Due to the large volume of mail-in ballots in the 2020 Provincial General Election, this timeline may be extended.
The period between Election Day and final count is needed to allow enough time for absentee ballots to be sent from the electoral district where they are cast to the voter’s district of residence, and to screen them before they are accepted for counting. Ballots are screened to ensure that only eligible voters voted and that they only voted once.
More information about the counting process is available at the links below: