A voting sign will be displayed outside the polling place during the pre-voting of the Ontario Contest in Carleton Place, Ontario on May 24, 2022. (Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick)
The Conservative Party of Canada states that well over 600,000 voters may be eligible to vote for the next leader, and the campaign needs to be prepared accordingly.
Tentative figures are more than double the number of members who competed for leadership in the 2020 leadership race when the party broke most of the 270,000 registration records.
There are still some steps left to prove membership, and leadership race chair Ian Brodie says the final number of voters is likely to change.
Some campaigns and party insiders have expressed serious concern about the party’s ability to process membership and issue ballots in time to ensure a fair race.
The party said it was able to expand its operations to manage the increased membership, and ballot packages will be sent to all voters in late July and early August.
The completed ballot must be received at Ottawa by September 6th.
The party does not check the number of memberships signed up by the individual campaign.