Peninsula voters in favour of electoral reform, election results show

Less than 1,000 votes separated results in Saanich North and the Islands

Voters on the Saanich Peninsula were more in favour of electoral reform, but not by much, as official results from Elections BC show.

Results of the referendum on whether to change the way B.C. votes in provincial elections came down mid-afternoon Thursday, with voters deciding to stick with the current first-past-the-post system.

In the riding of Saanich North and the Islands, 13,540 residents cast a ballot to keep FPTP, while 14,309 voted for a change to PR.

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Over the course of the voting period, the Peninsula riding had some of the highest numbers of participants in the mail-in vote along with other Vancouver Island communities.

More than 61 per cent of the ballots returned voted in favour of keeping FPTP, while only 38.7 per cent voted for PR.

A total of 1,378,753 ballots were cast across the province – 845,235 for FPTP and 533,518 for PR.


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