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Low turnout leads to concern from both sides of electoral reform referendum
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Low turnout leads to concern from both sides of electoral reform referendum

An embarrassingly low ballot return rate has supporters from both sides of BC’s electoral reform referendum concerned.

As of yesterday, just 6.5 percent of referendum packages sent out have been returned to Elections BC.

This has prompted both sides to ramp up their campaigns with just 16 days left before the ballots are counted.

Yesterday, Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, who supports the current voting system, sent out a call on social media highlighting the importance of voting.

Wilkinson has been making a slew of appearances reminiscent of a campaign tour to try and deflate interest in proportional representation.

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan, who supports the change in systems, recently announced that he would block out a closed-list system should pro-rep win out.

A closed list system would prevent voters from selecting candidates from party lists, which was a key concern of pro-rep supporters.

The ballots will be counted on November 30th, meaning voters will have to return their packages well in advance of then to have them received on time.

About Jeff Blagden

News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

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