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Referendum Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to answer both questions on the ballot?

No. You can answer both questions or just one. Your ballot will still be counted if you only answer one question.

Do I have to rank all three voting systems on the second question?

No. You can rank one, two or all three systems.

Is the referendum binding?

The referendum is binding if more than 50% of the validly cast ballots:

  • vote the same way on a question stated, if the question has the option of 2 answers, or
  • are in favour of the same voting system, if a question has the option of more than 2 answers.

This means that if the majority of votes support First Past the Post on Question 1, the voting system will stay the same. If the majority of votes support proportional representation on Question 1, the voting system with the most support on Question 2 will be adopted.

How will the first question be counted?

If more than half the votes support First Past the Post on the first question, the voting system will stay the same. If more than half the votes support proportional representation on the first question, the proportional system with the most support on the second question will be adopted.

How will the second question be counted?

Voters rank the proportional voting systems on the second question in order of preference. If a voting system has more than half the first preferences, that system has the most support and no further counting is needed. Otherwise a second round of counting is required.

In the second round, the system with the least amount of support is eliminated. The second preferences of the voters who had the eliminated system as their first preference will be transferred to the remaining two systems. Whichever system has the most votes after the second round of counting will be the system with the most support.