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2018 Referendum

2018 Referendum

2018 Referendum

British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail in the fall of 2018 under the provisions of the Electoral Reform Referendum 2018 Act and its regulation.

The Ministry of the Attorney General conducted a public consultation process about electoral reform in B.C. from November 23, 2017 to February 28, 2018. The Ministry’s report was published on May 30, 2018 and is available here:

On June 7 Cabinet accepted the Attorney General’s recommendations. Following a request from the Premier, the Chief Electoral Officer reviewed the ballot questions for clarity and simplicity, and provided their response in a letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on June 18. Read the Chief Electoral Officer’s response here. The referendum regulation was deposited on June 22, 2018 and is available here.

Who can vote in the referendum?

You can vote in the referendum if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen,
  • 18 or older as of November 30, 2018, and
  • a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018.

What can I do now to get ready for the referendum?

Make sure your voter information is up to date by:

Registered voters will receive a voting package from Elections BC in October 2018.

Key dates

Referendum campaign period
Referendum advertising is regulated during this period
July 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Voting period
Voting packages are distributed and returned
October 22, 2018 – November 30, 2018