Online wizard helps users sort out
electoral reform preferences

Still unsure of how you feel about electoral reform in the province? Well, now there’s a tool for that.

An unnamed organization is offering a BC2018 Referendum Wizard to help voters determine what voting system — including the current First Past the Post — they prefer.

The organization purports to be delivering an “independent educational project that is not affiliated with any of the referendum campaigns.”

“Reasonable efforts have been made to make the questions and results as free from bias as possible, although inevitably some informed judgements had to be made in their preparation,” it says in a preface.

“ElectionsBC has reviewed related materials, and exempted their presentation and distribution from requirements to report as referendum advertising.”

The wizard asks participants to answer 15 questions about parties and seats, direct election or appointment, independents and campaign behaviour before delivering results that suggest how the participant would best be represented within one of the four systems — First Past the Post and three Proportional Representation options.

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

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).

For more about the referendum, visit OsoyoosToday’s 2018 Electoral Reform Information page.

1 COMMENT

  1. I tried it…it’s really good! I had to think a bit about some of the questions, but they are understandable and seem fair. In less than 10 minutes it helped me decide how to vote, which might have otherwise taken hours of study. Highly recommended!

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