This referendum is a rare chance to bring a better kind of politics to BC—it’s called proportional representation. In other countries, this change has meant more collaboration between elected officials, more responsive government, and higher voter turn out.
Recently we’ve seen what can happen when some political parties work together.
We’ve seen collaboration on issues that matter to a majority of voters.
It’s been more than 65 years since the last changes to BC’s voting system. The upcoming referendum gives us a chance for something new—and better.
What happens next?
The referendum to change our electoral system has been set in motion and will happen later this year.
From November to February, the B.C. government collected input from British Columbians about our system of voting (read the Make Every Voter Count submission here). Results from that consultation will be analyzed and a public report will be prepared by B.C.’s Attorney General.
Until the report is finalized and the B.C. government has set the ballot question, the referendum process is in development.
What we do know is that this vote will be a mail-in ballot. A province-wide vote of 50 per cent-plus-one in favour of proportional representation will lead to a new voting system in time for the 2021 provincial general election.
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