Elections BC has extended the voting period for the Referendum on Electoral Reform.

The organizations will now accept voting packages until 4:30 on Friday December 7th.

The Chief Electoral Officer says the Canada Post rotating strikes have impacted accessibility and they want to ensure voters are not prevented from participating through no fault of their own.

Having said that, however, voters are encouraged to return their completed voting package as soon as possible so Elections BC has enough time to contact them if their returned package is missing any required information.

The deadline to request a voting package remains midnight tonight.

Eligible voters can request a package:

By visiting elections.bc.ca/ovr until midnight tonight
By calling 1-800-661-8683 until midnight tonight
By visiting a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office during office hours today (find locations and hours at elections.bc.ca/rso)

In the Cowichan Valley, 21 point 4 per cent of 46,000 ballots have been returned. That total, for all of B.C. is 30 per cent.