Just under 10% of registered voters in Fraser-Nicola have so far requested a mail-in ballot for the Oct. 24 election.

Elections BC released the numbers of requests at midnight on Oct. 14 for each electoral district, with Fraser-Nicola voters having requested 2,434 mail-in ballots.

That is out of a total of 26,500 registered voters.

The number represents about half of the provincial percentage of requested mail-in ballots, which hovers at around 20%. The highest percentages, as expected, are around the coastal area.

There are a total of just under 3.5-million registered voters across the province.

Over 100 times the amount of voters have requested mail-in ballots this year than the last provincial election, due to the ongoing pandemic.

Voters in the Fraser-Nicola district should be requesting their mail-in ballots by no later than Oct. 17. The deadline for packages to be received by Elections BC is by 8p.m. on election day.

Approximately 148,200 packages have already been received by Elections BC, or around 21% of those that have been mailed out.