Voter turnout reaches 40 per cent in B.C. electoral reform referendum

Voter turnout has reached 40 per cent in the province’s electoral reform referendum.

Elections BC reported Wednesday that it had received 1,315,000 packages,  which reflects approximately 40 per cent returned.

This does not include packages that have been received by Canada Post but not yet transferred to Elections BC.

In a statement Wednesday, the BC NDP called on B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson to respect the referendum outcome. Wilkinson had expressed concern for the process if the voter turnout was less than 40 per cent.

The deadline to receive ballots was extended because of the postal strike. British Columbians have until Friday to get in their ballots.

The mail-in referendum first asks voters whether they would like to change to a proportional representation voting system or continue with first-past-the-post electoral system.

A second question asks voters to rank three types of proportional representation systems that could be used if the voting system is changed: dual-member proportional, mixed-member proportional or rural-urban proportional.

Elections BC will accept completed voting packages until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The original deadline was Nov. 30.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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