The 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform
Voting Date has been Extended to
4:30 PM on December 7, 2018.
|Referendum campaign period
Referendum advertising is regulated during this period
|July 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018|
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|
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.
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.
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