On May 12, as part of the provincial election, British Columbians will be asked
if they want to change how MLAs are elected
by switching to a "Single Transferable Vote" (BC-STV) system.

In 1993 New Zealand voted in a referendum to switch to mixed member proportional representation (MMP)
like Germany uses. It would be a very long time before BC voters could consider that option if STV passes.

The Single Transferable
Vote system (BC-STV):

Twenty electoral areas would elect 2 to 7 MLAs on an at large basis with voters having one vote that could be transferred in fractions according to numbers marked by each voter.

All candidates who receive minimum percentages (from 12.5% to 33.3%) are declared elected.

The vote count is hard to understand. The numbers marked on the ballot are instructions for the count, not separate votes.

Used in Ireland, Malta, Tasmania and the Australian Senate.


The existing system
First Past the Post:


Every voter gets one vote to elect one MLA.

The candidate in each area with the most votes wins.

Easy to understand.

Provides effective, accountable government.

Used in all of Canada, the U.S., the UK and India (the most used system in the world).

The Mixed-Member
Proportional system (MMP):


Combines single member constituencies like we have now with some MLAs chosen from party lists.

The candidate in each constituency with the most votes wins and parties who receive 5% or more of the party vote also elect MLAs.

Combines features of FPTP with guaranteed representation for small parties.

Used in Germany, Italy, New Zealand and elsewhere.


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