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2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite Voting Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2015

VICTORIA – The voting results for the 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite were submitted today to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

According to section 282(1) of the Election Act, the purpose of a plebiscite is to determine the opinion of voters on a matter of public concern. Of the 759,696 ballots considered, the majority of validly cast votes were opposed to the question on the ballot.

The plebiscite question was:
Do you support a new 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors’ Council transportation and transit plan?

The final voting results are:
% of valid votes voting Yes   38.32%
% of valid votes voting No    61.68%

Municipality

Yes
votes

Yes
%

No
votes

No
%

Total
valid
votes

Bowen Island Municipality  847

61.92%

 521

38.08%

 1,368
City of Burnaby  24,355

35.06%

 45,113

64.94%

 69,468
City of Coquitlam  14,200

32.78%

 29,120

67.22%

 43,320
City of Langley  2,226

27.71%

 5,807

72.29%

 8,033
City of Maple Ridge  6,404

22.97%

 21,470

77.03%

 27,874
City of New Westminster  10,623

45.45%

 12,748

54.55%

 23,371
City of North Vancouver 7,931

44.92%

9,725

55.08%

17,656
City of Pitt Meadows  1,762

27.84%

 4,568

72.16%

 6,330
City of Port Coquitlam  6,346

32.15%

 13,394

67.85%

 19,740
City of Port Moody  4,852

42.61%

 6,534

57.39%

 11,386
City of Richmond  16,257

27.61%

 42,615

72.39%

 58,872
City of Surrey  42,519

34.46%

 80,851

65.54%

 123,370
City of Vancouver  103,431

49.19%

 106,818

50.81%

 210,249
City of White Rock  3,139

40.74%

 4,566

59.26%

 7,705
Corporation of Delta  11,589

32.16%

 24,448

67.84%

 36,037
District of North Vancouver  14,569

44.61%

 18,093

55.39%

 32,662
District of West Vancouver  6,876

44.11%

 8,711

55.89%

 15,587
Metro Vancouver Electoral Area “A”  1,586

58.57%

 1,122

41.43%

 2,708
Township of Langley  9,890

25.03%

 29,619

74.97%

 39,509
Tsawwassen First Nation  86

33.99%

 167

66.01%

 253
Village of Anmore  303

37.88%

 497

62.13%

 800
Village of Belcarra  158

52.15%

 145

47.85%

 303
Village of Lions Bay  202

34.71%

 380

65.29%

 582
Totals

 290,151

38.32%

 467,032

61.68%

 757,183

Rejected ballots

 2,513

Total ballots considered

 759,696

Beginning March 16, 2015, Elections BC mailed a 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite voting package to each registered voter in Metro Vancouver. As of the May 15, 2015 deadline to register to vote and ask for a voting package, there were 1,562,386 registered voters in Metro Vancouver. A total of 798,262 ballot packages were returned, representing 51.09% of the total registered voters. 38,393 ballot packages were not considered as they did not meet the requirements of the plebiscite Regulation.

Registered voters in Metro Vancouver midnight, Friday, May 15, 2015

1,562,386

Total number of ballot packages returned

798,262

Percentage of ballot packages returned

51.09%

Total number of ballot packages not considered

38,393

Total number of ballot packages considered (registered voters who voted)

759,869*

Percentage of registered voters who voted

48.64%

*759,869 ballot packages were considered. 173 ballot packages contained certification envelopes with either two or more ballots, or no ballot. In accordance with the Regulation, these envelopes were resealed and set aside.

The Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on the 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite – March 16-July 2, 2015 is expected to be published in September 2015 and will describe the activities Elections BC undertook to administer the plebiscite, voting results by municipality and a statement of Elections BC’s expenses.

For more information, visit the Elections BC website at elections.bc.ca.

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Contact:
Don Main
Communications Manager
Elections BC
Phone: 250-387-1709
Email: Don.Main@elections.bc.ca
Website: elections.bc.ca

Elections BC is an independent, non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for administering electoral processes in British Columbia in accordance with the Election Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, Recall and Initiative Act and Referendum Act.