Election 2014: Surrey Election guides land in Langley

City of Surrey: 900 election brochures went to Walnut Grove in Langley, costing the city $114.

Hundreds of Surrey Elections Voter's Guides went to Langley

Residents of Langley are wondering why they are receiving Surrey voters’ guides in their mailboxes.

Walnut Grove’s Ron Steele said he received the glossy 24-page Surrey voters’ guide at his home and he was surprised at the blunder.

“I just thought how incompetent these people in Surrey are,” Steele said.

Surrey staff became aware of the problem on Wednesday morning.

A staffer told The Leader Wednesday night that the city used Canada Post to get the guides to all homes in Surrey.

Canada Post uses a Forward Sortation Area, which draws on the first three digits of the postal code, most of which remain along city lines.

An exception is the postal code beginning with V1M, which straddles Surrey and Walnut Grove in Langley.

Staff say there were 900 brochures that went into the Langley area and cost the city $114 to produce and mail.

Staff said the city was still able to get the brochures out to all the homes in Surrey despite the mistake.

South Surrey’s Michael Proskow said he was also disturbed to see the Surrey First election pamphlet bundled with the City of Surrey election guide.

“You just assume everything in your hand is Surrey First advertising, and it wasn’t,” Proskow said. “They came in the same handful.”

He said in all likelihood the letter carriers put them together for easy of distribution.

“I wouldn’t suggest they (the city) had any certainty of it happening,” Proskow said, adding he just smiled when he saw it.

City staff confirm Proskow’s reasoning for how the events unfolded.

It’s just the latest in a series of unfortunate pre-election mistakes that included misprints on the ballots at the first advanced polls. The ballots neglected to list party affiliations of two candidates who were affiliated with One Surrey.

About 800 ballots were compromised and are being counted separately, as per the instructions of the ministry in charge of local elections.

One Surrey is appealing to the ministry to have a third party take over control of Surrey’s electoral process.

One Surrey campaign manager Brad Zubyk said a letter was sent to the minister in charge on Wednesday. Zubyk couldn’t say when he expects a response.

He doesn’t blame anyone for the errors, but said the municipal electoral system is in disrepair.

“If this goes forward, changing the system, I’d be happy with that,” Zubyk said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Canadian police to make home visits to enforce mandatory quarantine for travellers

Police forces have been asked to help verify Canadians are complying with the Quarantine Act

IHIT identifies victim in Surrey shooting homicide

Pritpal Singh, 21, was shot and killed outside of a Surrey home, police say

Cloverdale high school teacher chats about teaching and life during the COVID-19 crisis

Surrey’s Walter van Halst sits down for an informal ‘virtual’ coffee to discuss education’s current new reality

Celebrating Easter in Surrey, during COVID-19

Surrey’s Christian churches rise to the occasion, despite Coronavirus challenges

White Rock youngster’s message of hope inspires

Graphic designer leaves note thanking Leo King for rainbow of positivity

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

B.C. Ferries busy on long weekend, even during pandemic

Sailings from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo filling up

B.C. artist erects 15-foot statue and names it COVID

Decades of collecting spare parts culminated in folk art towering over a country road

COVID-19 world update: U.S. to start antibody tests; drones enforce lockdown in Italy

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news from around the world

Lower Mainland hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

Co-owner of Wanstalls says increase due to a variety of reasons

People needing addiction services feeling ‘abandoned’ during pandemic

The province is trying to increase access to addiction care through a phone line of experts, doctors

COVID-19: B.C. ER nurse self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

Cancellations of plant orders prompt advent of pop-up garden shops

A Langley nursery is partnering with local eateries to sell 40 acres of veggie plants and flowers

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

Most Read