All about B.C.’S proportional representation referendum
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.