All about B.C.’S pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion ref­er­en­dum

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - DAVID P. BALL

Bri­tish Columbia en­ters its fi­nal day of vot­ing Fri­day in the ref­er­en­dum on chang­ing its elec­toral sys­tem, with more than four-in-10 vot­ers hav­ing re­turned their bal­lots.

The ref­er­en­dum asks whether B.C. should switch to a pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion vot­ing sys­tem or keep its cur­rent first-past­the-post sys­tem. But even in the fi­nal days, many vot­ers ex­pressed con­fu­sion about what is on the bal­lot and how they should vote.

Vot­ing closes at 4:30 p.m. on Fri­day, and since Elec­tions BC must re­ceive all bal­lots by that time and no later, it’s too late to send yours in the mail. But you can drop them off un­til that time at any Ref­er­en­dum Ser­vice Of­fice or, out­side the Lower Main­land, a Ser­vice BC cen­tre.

Here is ev­ery­thing we know, and what we don’t yet know, about the ref­er­en­dum, its con­tro­ver­sies and how Bri­tish Columbians are par­tic­i­pat­ing.

WHAT WE KNOW When we’ll know the re­sults: Don’t ex­pect them any time soon. It will take days to count all the votes. Even though more than 1.3 mil­lion bal­lots have al­ready been re­ceived by Elec­tions BC, count­ing of votes won’t start un­til the vot­ing pe­riod ends.

Read the full list of what we know at thes­tar.com/van­cou­ver

The 2018 ref­er­en­dum asks vot­ers to choose rep­re­sen­ta­tion sys­tems.

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