Elections BC extends period to return electoral reform package

By Canadian Press

By Canadian Press

Elections BC announced the extension of the voting period Friday, saying it had been working closely with Canada Post to understand how the referendum process was being affected by ongoing postal service disruptions.

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 deadline to request a referendum voting package for those who have lost or misplaced theirs remains midnight Friday. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, with an hour-long closure at lunchtime, 12:30 p.m.to 1:30 p.m.

Now it must receive all ballots by 4:30 p.m. on December 7, a week later than the previous deadline of November 30, though the agency reminded voters that if they are mailing them in they should allow several days to reach Victoria. The lowest returns were from Surrey-Green Timbers at 9.7 per cent.

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"I think that another week is long enough", he said. Voters can answer both questions or just one.

Dual member proportional would see all but the largest rural districts combined so each has two members.

Proponents of proportional representation say it's a fairer way of electing candidates because the percentage of votes would roughly equal the number of seats a party gets in the legislature.

- With files from CHNL.

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