The three voting systems on the ballot in this fall’s referendum are: Dual Member, Mixed Member, and Rural Urban Proportional.
Guarantees: All three will ensure the following:
- Seats in the legislature will closely reflect how voters vote in each region of BC
- Voters will be able to vote for individual candidates
- The number of MLAs in each region will not decrease
- We’ll have a chance to vote again after two elections with the new system
Videos from Elections BC
Elections BC has published some generally very good videos (about 2 min each) showing how each system works:
Note: our one concern about this portrayal of mixed member is that it doesn’t describe the version of mixed member that virtually all electoral reform advocates, along with the NDP and Andrew Weaver have described as their preference – i.e., one in which voters get to explicitly vote for the candidates for the regional seats and the ones with the most direct support from voters win. Since two of the three parties have explicitly supported this, and the Liberal Party has said they don’t support the version portrayed in the Elections BC video, we are confident that, if voters support mixed member, BC would adopt the so-called “open list” model in which the candidates with the most votes win the regional seats.
Find out which options best matches your values
Visit the Referendum Guide project and take a brief 3-5 minute survey to find out how closely the various voting system options match your own democratic values.
Visit the Elections BC website.