HST ballot drop-off centre open at City Square Mall
Elections BC has set up five ballot drop-off centres in the Lower Mainland for the HST ballot. If you don't want to put your ballot in the mail, you can slide it into a slot at one of the centres. In Vancouver, the centre is located by Starbucks in the City Square Mall at 12th and Ash.
"I hope people will exercise their right to vote," Melvin Chin, an elections worker for Elections BC said.
Chin sat at a desk in an empty Elections BC office at City Square Mall (12th and Ash) dedicated to the collection of HST ballots. He said Elections BC wants to make it as easy as possible for people to vote.
"You wouldn't believe it" if you knew the painstaking way the elections workers handle the ballots to be sure everyone has only one vote, he said. It's a time-consuming but worthwhile process, Chin said, as he manned the small office next door to Starbucks.
The office opened at the beginning of June and will remain open until the last moment of HST voting: August 5 at 4:30 p.m. If more than 50 per cent of the validly cast ballots vote the same way on the referendum, materials in the office state, the result is binding on the government.