Selfadvocatenet.com this is the intent to inform self advocates and there supporters that. BC Govt is asking voters to vote on Proportional Representation
All this information below is on Election BC website click here .Wondering What is proportional representation?
Proportional representation is when the share of seats a political party wins in the Legislative Assembly is about the same as the party’s share of the popular vote.
So, if a party receives 40 percent of the popular vote, they are likely to have about 40 percent of the seats in the legislature.
There are many different voting systems that are designed to produce proportional results.
Voters in the referendum will be asked what voting system B.C. should use for provincial elections.
From October 22 to November 30 a referendum is being held to decide what voting system we should use for provincial elections.
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).
Learn about the voting systems on the ballot:
- First Past the Post (FPTP)
- Dual Member Proportional (DMP)
- Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
- Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP)
What happens after the referendum?
The referendum will decide if British Columbia keeps the current First Past the Post voting system or adopts a proportional representation voting system.
If more than half the votes support First Past the Post on the first question, the voting system will stay the same.
If more than half the votes support proportional representation on the first question, the proportional system with the most support on the second question will be adopted.
If a proportional voting system is adopted it must be in place for provincial elections called on or after July 1, 2021. A provincial election called before this date would use First Past the Post.
If a proportional representation voting system is adopted, government has said that after the referendum:
- a legislative committee will determine how some aspects of the new system will work
- an independent electoral boundaries commission will determine the number and boundaries of the electoral districts and regions represented in the legislature
- the total number of MLAs in the legislature will be between 87 and 95 (currently there are 87)
- no region in the province will have fewer MLAs than it does now
- another referendum will be held after two general elections to see if B.C. wants to keep the new voting system or go back to using First Past the Post
How to Vote
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Voting in the referendum
Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between October 22 and November 2, 2018.
Make sure your voter information is up to date to make sure you get your voting package in the mail. Use our online system or call us at 1-800-661-8683.
This is what your ballot will look like.
For Question 1, you’ll vote by filling in the oval to the right of your choice, like this:
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.
When you vote, make sure you only put one choice in a column and don’t choose the same system more than once.
Do I have to answer both questions on the ballot?
No, you can answer both questions or just one. Your ballot will still be counted if you only answer one question.
If I support First Past the Post on Question 1, can I still answer Question 2?
If I answer Question 2, do I have to rank all three systems?
No. You can rank one, two or all three systems.
Voters who are temporarily away
If you will be away from B.C. temporarily and meet the eligibility requirements, you can vote in the referendum.
First, make sure you’re registered to vote and that your voter information is up to date. You can do this on our website at elections.bc.ca/ovr or by calling 1-800-661-8683.
If you’ve purchased mail forwarding services from Canada Post during your time away, no further action is required on your part. Your voting package will be sent to your address on file and automatically forwarded by Canada Post.
Otherwise, you can provide us with a temporary address where we can send your voting package. Before October 22 you can provide us with a temporary address by calling 1-800-661-8683, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- full name
- date of birth
- residential address in B.C.
- mailing address where you will be staying between late October and early November.
Between October 22 and November 23, voters who have not received their voting package can ask for a replacement package to be sent to a temporary address by visiting elections.bc.ca/ovr or calling 1-800-661-8683. Voters can also visit a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office. Referendum Service Office locations will be posted on their website when they are available.