Voting results for the 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform were reported to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on December 20, 2018. 1,403,358 completed voting packages were returned to Elections BC by the deadline of 4:30 p.m. on December 7, representing returns from 42.6% of registered voters.
Question 1: Which system should British Columbia use for provincial elections?
Of the validly cast votes in Question 1:
- 61.3% (845,235) supported the current First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system, and
- 38.7% (533,518) supported a proportional representation (PR) voting system.
Question 2: If British Columbia adopts a proportional representation voting system, which of the following voting systems do you prefer?
The Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system is the system with the most support on Question 2. It was selected after a second round of counting.
Question 2 Round 1
In the first round of counting for Question 2:
- 29.45% (244,973) of valid votes supported Dual Member Proportional (DMP),
- 41.24% (343,038) supported Mixed Member Proportional (MMP), and
- 29.31% (243,749) supported Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).
Question 2 Round 2
Per the Electoral Reform Referendum 2018 Regulation, a second round of counting was required for Question 2 because no system won a majority of first preferences. RUP had the fewest first preferences, so it was eliminated and its votes were transferred to their second preferences.
In the second round of counting for Question 2, 36.95% (288,068) of valid votes supported Dual Member Proportional (DMP), and 63.05% (491,630) supported Mixed Member Proportional (MMP).
A total of 1,391,423 ballots were considered. There were 1,378,753 valid votes for Question 1, and 831,760 valid votes for Question 2. 2,461 ballots were rejected.