Local proportional representation advocates gathered this past Saturday to share their support for changing our provincial voting system to a proportional system from our current first past the post system (FPTP). British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from October 22 to November 30, 2018. Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between October 22 and November 2, 2018. Proportional representation advocates believe that proportional systems will offer BC more equitable and representative governance for the province. See all photos and videos from the mail in parade below.
Every household in BC was mailed a referendum voter’s guide in October. The guide covers how to vote in the referendum and information about all four voting systems on the referendum ballot.
Provincial residents vote to keep the First Past the Post (FPTP) system or change to a Proportional System and it they choose a proportional system, choose one of three models used in numerous countries around the world; Mixed Member Proportional (MMP); Dual Member Proportional (DMP) or Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).
Who can vote in the referendum? You can vote in the referendum if you are: a Canadian citizen, 18 or older as of November 30, 2018, and a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018.
Interested in how Salt Spring might be voting in the referendum? Vote in our online poll:
Photos and videos from the mail in parade
Watch: Learn more about First Past the Post (FPTP) (Our Current System)
Watch: Learn more about Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
Watch: Learn more about Dual Member Proportional (DMP)
Watch: Learn more about Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP)