N.L. voters get extension on applications for mail-in ballots

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador now have an extra four days to obtain a ballot for the province's entirely mail-in general election.

Chief electoral officer Bruce Chaulk says people now have until Feb. 19 to submit their applications for mail-in ballots, moving the date back from the original deadline of Feb. 15.

The date to turn in completed voting kits has also been pushed back to March 5.

Mail-in voting became necessary after Chaulk cancelled in-person voting on Friday in response to a sudden COVID-19 outbreak in the St. John’s area.

Chaulk says Elections NL has received additional technological resources to support the special ballot application process.

A local call centre has also been tagged to field phone inquiries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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