Several tight races may not have an elected MP until the end of the week

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Many federal ridings may not have an elected member of parliament until Thursday or Friday, as Elections Canada begins the arduous task of verifying and counting more than one million mail-in ballots.

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There are 24 close races where mail-in ballots will decide the winner.

For example, in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, there are less than a thousand votes between leading NDP candidate Lisa Marie Barone and Conservative candidate Tamara Kronis – 7,872 mail-in votes are yet to be counted.

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Election Canada staff across the country will spend days verifying ballots to ensure that even those who have mailed in their vote have not voted in person.

In rides where a lot of votes were received by mail, the staff may not be able to actually start counting them until tomorrow and may have to continue for several days.

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Elections Canada received a record number of mail-in ballots this year: nearly a million from within Canada and another 26,266 from people living outside the country.

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