October 28, 2020, 1 p.m. The Second Preliminary Count of ballots for Saskatchewan’s 29th General Election is underway. This count consists of all vote by mail ballots received up until 8 p.m. on election day.
“Our election officials have finished counting the vote by mail ballots that we have received for 14 of the province’s 61 constituencies,” says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan. “These constituencies are not all among the closest races in the province, rather they are ones which had a relatively small number of vote by mail ballots, which allowed counting to be completed faster.”
The 14 constituencies for which the Second Preliminary Count has been completed are:
Carrot River Valley
Prince Albert Northcote
“Counting will continue until 5 p.m. today and then pick up again tomorrow at 9 a.m.,” says Dr. Boda.
Moving forward, Elections Saskatchewan will be releasing results from the Second Preliminary Count for constituencies as the count for each is finished. These results will be posted to the results page on our website. A summary of each day’s activity will be provided at 1 p.m. and after 5 p.m.
Since 8 p.m. on election day, Elections Saskatchewan has received and approved (as of 12 noon October 28) 3,857 additional vote by mail ballots. These ballots will be counted at the Final Count, beginning Saturday, November 7. The Final Count will also include -person ballots cast at returning offices, hospital, remand and temporarily displaced voter ballots, and extraordinary voting ballots. Vote by mail ballots returned after the deadline of Noon on November 5 will not be counted.
Elections Saskatchewan (ESK) is the province’s nonpartisan election management body and an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. ESK directs and supervises the administration of provincial electoral events, including the 2020 provincial election.
Information for voters, workers, media, candidates and parties at www.elections.sk.ca.
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