Saturday, June 15, 2019

2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform

What are we voting about?

Between October 22 and November 30, BC residents have the opportunity to shape the way they vote in provincial elections — electing local MLAs and ultimately provincial governments. A referendum is being held to decide what voting system should be used.

Voters will be asked two questions on the referendum ballot.

  • The first question asks if we should keep the current First Past the Post voting system or move to a system of proportional representation.
  • The second question asks voters to rank three proportional systems: Dual Member Proportional (DMP), Mixed Member Proportional (MMP), and Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).

Watch the accompanying videos to get a quick overview of the four proposed systems.

More Information

Vote PR BC
Official Proponent

Vote No to Pro Rep
Official Opponent

Voting Systems

A voting system is how we elect representatives to a legislature. In provincial elections, the voting system is used to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The Legislative Assembly is where provincial laws are made and governments are formed.


For more information, download
the Referendum Voter’s Guide

How to Vote

Voting in the referendum

Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2.

Make sure your voter information is up to date to make sure you get your voting package in the mail. Use Election’s BC online system or call them at 1-800-661-8683.

The ballot

This is what your ballot will look like.

Referendum Ballot

For Question 1, you’ll vote by filling in the oval to the right of your choice.

For Question 2, you’ll vote by ranking the systems in order of preference by filling in one oval for each system you wish to rank.

You can answer both questions or just one. Your ballot will still be counted if you only answer one question.

You can also answer Question 2, even if you support First Past the Post on Question 1.