According to Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault, if the next election happens before the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Elections Canada is expecting between four and five million Canadians to use mail-in ballots to cast their vote. This is a significantly high number compared than the 55,000 voters, including around 35,000 Canadians living internationally, who used the same voting method in the 2019 general election. The chief reason for this expected sharp increase in the use of mail-in ballots is the COVID-19 pandemic. People feel uncomfortable, for understandable reasons, about voting in person at the polling stations that could be crowded when they show up to vote, and where social distancing requirements may not be followed at all times to their letter and spirit.
By Schneider Electric’s Secure Power Division - Canada
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