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Fair Ballot on Electoral Reform
WHY NOT ONE QUESTION?
Later this year British Columbians will be asked to make a vital decision about changes to how we elect our Members of the Legislative Assembly.
Attorney General David Eby has proposed a referendum process that would be most likely to result in his government's preferred outcome.
Is David Eby trying to manipulate British Columbians?
David Eby has proposed two ballot questions:
The first question will ask you to choose between our current First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system and the concept of Proportional Representation.
The second question asks you to rank three very different types of Proportional Representation voting systems in order of preference.
A vote in question one for the concept of Proportional Representation is actually a vote in support of all three proposed voting systems in question two.
Four Proponents Equally Funded
Fund all 4 Voting Systems
According to David Eby's proposal, $500,000 in funding would go to two proponents: pro-Proportional Representation and pro-First Past the Post.
The problem is that Proportional Representation is being treated as one voting system, but really, it is a concept that in this case is made up of three voting systems; Dual Member Proportional, Mixed Member Proportional, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation.
Dual Member Proportional and Rural-Urban Proportional Representation are David Eby's experimental voting systems that have never been used anywhere in the world. Before British Columbians embark on one of David Eby's proposed experimental voting systems, we deserve to learn more about them, and all four choices equally.
Why is David Eby muzzling the proponents of Mixed Member Proportional, Dual Member Proportional and Rural-Urban Proportional Representation?
Binding Majority Result
A Majority Should Decide the Outcome
The Referendum Act states that the result would be binding if 50%+1 vote in favour of a particular outcome.
If the majority of British Columbians vote to move to Proportional Representation in question one, they have not voted on an outcome.
The outcome would only be determined by responses to question two.
By having two ballot questions, David Eby has found a way to avoid meeting the 50%+1 threshold in the Referendum Act. If British Columbians vote in favour of the concept of Proportional Representation, the voting system could be changed based on the votes of just 35% of British Columbian voters.