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Explosion in mail-in voting expected if election held amid pandemic

BY , Aug 27, 2020 5:29 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Elections Canada has commissioned a poll that suggests 21.8 per cent of voters would prefer to cast their ballots by mail if there is a federal election this fall.

The poll shows 58 per cent would prefer to vote in-person at advance or election-day polling stations.

Fewer than 50-thousand people cast ballots by mail in last year's election, but research suggests that number could shoot up to about four-million.

That's prompting Elections Canada to warn an increased volume of mail-in ballots could delay the release of election results.

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