Posted by Craig on November 20, 2018 4:36 pm
**UPDATE! Ballots are now being accepted until December 7, 4:30 pm!
The following information is from the Elections BC Referendum website to remind you to vote in the current Referendum on Electoral Reform.
There is a referendum on Electoral Reform happening this month.
The referendum will decide what voting system British Columbia uses for provincial elections. Voters will be asked two questions.
- The first question asks voters to choose the current First Past the Post voting system or a Proportional Representation voting system.
- The second question asks voters to rank three proportional representation voting systems in order of preference. The three proportional representation voting systems are called Dual Member Proportional (DMP), Mixed Member Proportional (MMP), and Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).
Elections BC must receive your completed voting package by 4:30 p.m. on November 30, 2018**. Be sure to mail it early enough for Canada Post to deliver it by the deadline. You can also deliver it in-person to a Service BC or Referendum Service Office.
The referendum will decide if British Columbia keeps the current First Past the Post voting system or adopts a Proportional Representation voting system.
- If more than half the votes support First Past the Post on the first question, the voting system for provincial elections will stay the same.
- If more than half the votes support proportional representation on the first question, the proportional system with the most support on the second question will be adopted.
- If a proportional voting system is adopted it must be in place for provincial elections called on or after July 1, 2021. A provincial election called before this date would use First Past the Post.
If a proportional representation voting system is adopted, the government has said that after the referendum:
- a legislative committee will determine how some aspects of the new system will work
- an independent electoral boundaries commission will determine the number and boundaries of the electoral districts and regions represented in the legislature
- the total number of MLAs in the legislature will be between 87 and 95 (currently there are 87)
- no region in the province will have fewer MLAs than it does now
- another referendum will be held after two general elections to see if B.C. wants to keep the new voting system or go back to using First Past the Post.
For more information about the decisions that will be made after the referendum if a new system is adopted, visit elections.bc.ca/referendum.
You can also take this quiz to see where you fall: http://referendumguide.ca/lime/index.php/2018