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2018 BC Referendum on Electoral Reform: The Latest

Current Poll

Are you currently in favour of proportional representation?
Yes: 53 votes (67.95%)
No: 20 votes (25.64%)
Undecided: 5 votes (6.41%)
Total Votes: 78

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New Deadline For Submitting Your Ballot Regrading B.C. Electoral Reform

The 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform

Voting Date has been Extended to

4:30 PM on December 7, 2018.

Countdown to the Referendum - Voting Period October 22 - December 7, 2018 4:30 P.M.

You Can Drop off Your Ballot at the following Locations

Important Dates

Referendum campaign period
Referendum advertising is regulated during this period
July 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Voting period
Voting packages are distributed and returned 
October 22, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Voting packages mailed to registered voters October 22, 2018 – November 2, 2018
Referendum Service Offices open November 5, 2018
Voters can ask for a voting package November 3, 2018 – November 23, 2018
Deadline to ask for a voting package Midnight, Friday, November 23, 2018
*Elections BC must receive your ballot by this deadline 4:30 p.m. (local time), Friday, December 7, 2018

Not a Registered Voter in BC or need to update your voter information?

Click Button to Register to Vote or Update Your Voter Information  

Or Call ‚Äč1-800-661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Welcome to 2018 BC Referendum on Electoral Reform Guide

This is a non-partisan guide created by Okanagan College Library and Political Science Department for anyone interested in learning more about the proposed BC-wide electoral reform in 2018. Okanagan College has no opinion on the issue of electoral reform or the government’s referendum, and this guide is intended for educational and information purposes only.

The BC Government has launched the website "How We Vote" to provide information on the referendum and electoral reform and to "invite British Columbian to provide input to help shape the fall 2018 referendum on electoral reform." The online questionnaire was closed on February 28, and a report with 18 recommendations to Cabinet for the referendum was released on May 30th, 2018. You can read the report on their website or directly here.

Quick Facts about the Referendum

The NDP government has introduced legislation to hold a province-wide referendum in 2018 on electoral reform.

What: The referendum will ask the voters to decide if they want to change the current electoral system from the 'first-past-the-post' voting system to a form of "proportional representation".

How:  Registered Voters will receive a ballot for the referendum by mail.

Is the Referendum Binding: The referendum is binding if more than 50% of the validly cast ballots. 

  1. Vote the same way on a question stated if the question has the option of 2 answers, or
  2. Are in favour of the same voting system, if a question has the option of more than 2 answers.

This means that if the majority of votes support First Past the Post on Question 1, the voting system will stay the same. If the majority of votes support proportional representation on Question 1, the voting system with the most support on Question 2 will be adopted.

This means that if the majority of votes support First Past the Post on Question 1, the voting system will stay the same.

If the majority of votes support proportional representation on Question 1, the voting system with the most support on Question 2 will be adopted.

How will the second question be counted:  Voters rank the proportional voting systems on the second question in order of preference. If a voting system has more than half the first preferences, that system has the most support and no further counting is needed. Otherwise, a second round of counting is required.

In the second round, the system with the least amount of support is eliminated. The second preferences of the voters who had the eliminated system as their first preference will be transferred to the remaining two systems. Whichever system has the most votes after the second round of counting will be the system with the most support.

When: You can cast and return your vote between October 22 - November 30, 2018

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Latest Events

Okanagan College hosted the annual World Community Film Festival at our Kelowna Campus earlier this month, and Fair Vote Canada had a table at the festival to disseminate information about the upcoming BC referendum on electoral reform and advocate their cause. Here are some images from the event.

  

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