Short Guide to Voting

Getting Your Ballot

Voting for the 2018 BC Referendum on Electoral Reform is by mail. If you haven’t received your Voting Package, call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). 

To register to vote, you must be:
18 or older by November 30, 2018; a resident of B.C. since May 29, 2018; and a Canadian citizen.

Elections BC sent out a neutral Voter’s Guide but it’s not helpful:


Voting

Please note, there have been numerous complaints that the description of the “Mixed Member Proportional” voting system in many sources (including the Elections BC Voter’s Guide) shows a foreign version that is NOT being seriously considered for BC:

The governing party has promised for months that, should MMP be approved by the electorate, it will be a version in which the voters, not political parties, choose the MLAs:

This mock ballot correctly sums up MMP for BC:

Mock ballot of open-list Mixed Member Proportional voting system.


A Quick Guide to Voting

Annotated sample referendum ballot


Want more details?

There are excellent descriptions of the three proportional options on the ballot on various sites including: Dual Member ProportionalMixed Member Proportional, and Rural-Urban Proportional. Check out Fair Voting BC’s Scorecard, or take the short quiz at referendumguide.ca to see which of the three options best fits with your values. The Elections BC Voter’s Guide is on the Elections BC website as well, but it is restricted to the mechanics of voting, not the pros and cons. Here at VotingBC the Pro Rep options are described briefly at Voting Systems as GardeningMMP, and Questions and Answers.  

These three Pro Rep voting systems all treat voters and political parties in an adequately proportional way (each group of voters getting their corresponding proportion of MLAs in the legislature). Although they use quite different mechanics, there would be very little practical difference between them in terms of the legislature and its output of legislation.

All three Pro Rep options on Question 2 of the Referendum ballot maintain local representation, improve regional representation, and ensure your vote really counts.

Some have noted that the Mixed Member Proportional system has been used in more than a dozen places while the two other systems are newly designed.  While it might seem odd to put new systems on the ballot, the components of Dual Member Proportional and Rural-Urban Proportional are used elsewhere, and their combination to suit BC is only modestly innovative, not radical. We really can’t go wrong picking any of these three systems.

Here’s a swinging, very non-mechanical voter’s guide – click Play and then click Play again in the Facebook window: (2 min. of rollicking fun)

Tony Turner and group singing fair voting song.

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Authorized by Committee for Voting Equity in BC (VotingBC), registered sponsor, Chair Maxwell Anderson, 3137 42 Ave W, Vancouver BC, V6N 3H1.