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CREATED BY FORTY-FOUR POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.

UvoteBC is non-partisan and integrity driven, created as an informative tool about the referendum for BC voters.

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​Who are we?

We are a collective of UBC Political Science students creating a voter resource for British Columbians. This site is the central activity in our class, POLI308D, in the 2018 fall semester at UBC.

We intend this website to be neutral on the issue of electoral reform. Our goal is to provide information and examine the arguments so as to help citizens make their choice in the referendum.


What is this referendum?

The referendum allows us to choose what system we should use to elect members to the BC Legislative Assembly. The referendum is being held by mail from October 22 to November 30, 2018. Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between October 22 and November 2, 2018.


​The official introductory video from Elections BC

What are ​the options?

There are many different voting systems in use around the world. Each one has different rules about how voters cast their ballot, how votes are counted, and how votes translate into seats in the legislature.

The voting system options on the BC referendum ballot are:

  • First Past the Post (FPTP) 
  • Dual Member Proportional (DMP)
  • Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
  • Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP)


What are people saying?

We’re keeping an eye on BC’s media outlets and social media to check out what British Columbians and the media are saying about the referendum. 
Our media monitoring page will share articles and editorials on all sides of the referendum. We’ll also be watching what people are saying on social media. We'll check out all these arguments and claims and compare them to what is known from the research on electoral systems and their effects.

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