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Nearly 100,000 mail-in ballots in Canadian election not counted due to arriving late

More than 106,000 additional ballots were never returned to the election office

Published: June 22, 2022 5:59pm

Updated: June 22, 2022 6:44pm

Nearly 100,000 mail-in ballots in Canada's last federal election were not counted, mostly due to their late arrival.

Elections Canada, which administers Canada's elections, released a report Wednesday stating that 99,988 ballots "had to be set aside and left unopened," 93% of which were not counted because they were received after the legal deadline. 

Mail-in ballots that were disregarded may have came from voters who are members of the Canadian military, citizens who live abroad, and those who are incarcerated.

Canada saw an 82% increase in requests for special mail-in ballots for last years' election compared to 2019. 

Additionally, more than 106,000 special ballots were never returned.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won reelection in 2021, after serving in his position since 2015. 

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