BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver joins Premier John Horgan and Douglas College student Simka Marshall at a rally for Proportional Representation rally in Victoria, Oct. 23. (Kristyn Anthony/News staff)

Vancouver Island communities top voter participation in electoral referendum

Parksville-Qualicum, Saanich North and the Islands, Oak Bay-Gordon Head cast most ballots

Vancouver Island voters have some serious opinions when it comes to the electoral referendum, casting the most ballots to date of any municipalities in the province.

According to the daily report from Elections BC, Parksville-Qualicum, Saanich North and the Islands and Oak Bay-Gordon Head have the highest percentage of participation in the mail-in vote.

In Parksville, 44.7 per cent of registered voters have returned ballots, while in Saanich North and the Islands it is 41.3 per cent and in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, 37.5 per cent.

RELATED: Deadline extended to submit electoral reform ballots to Dec. 7

Trailing closely in fourth is Courtenay-Comox with 37.4 per cent of ballots returned.

Approximately 1,135,000 ballots have been returned from across the province or roughly 34 per cent.

Voters have been asked to evaluate the current electoral system and been given the choice to remain with the current first-past-the-post method or change to proportional representation.

RELATED: BC NDP and Greens host proportional representation rally in Victoria

The BC NDP and Green Party – collectively operating with a minority government – have run an aggressive campaign in favour of pro rep, while the BC Liberals are staunch defenders of the status quo.

Vancouver Island communities got a head start as their ballot packages arrived one week earlier (Oct. 24) than the rest of the B.C. (Nov. 2).

RELATED: Andrew Wilkinson discusses proportional representation in Okanagan

It remains to be seen if that played a significant role, if any, in voting numbers or if perhaps turnout falls along rural-urban lines.

In Nelson-Creston, 37.2 per cent of packages have been returned and at least 35 per cent of voters in Delta South, Kamloops, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast have also cast ballots.

Last week Elections BC extended the Nov. 30 deadline to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in light of how the Canada Post rotating strikes having impacted mail. If you have a ballot yet to be returned you can drop it at a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre.


@kristyn_anthony
kristyn.anthony@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

electoral referendum

Just Posted

B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island COVID-19 local case counts the lowest they’ve been all year

On some areas of Island, more than 60 per cent of adults have received a vaccine dose

A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Island’s daily COVID-19 case count drops below 10 for just the second time in 2021

Province reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island Wednesday

Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Campbell River dock fire spread slowed thanks to security guard

Creosote docks pose challenges for fire fighters

Scenes like this one in the dugout are all too frequent for parents and kids arriving to play baseball at Nunns Creek Park these days, spurring a request to the city to let them move to the Sportsplex in Willow Point. Photo from CRMB presentation to City of Campbell River
Safety concerns run Campbell River Minor Baseball out of Nunns Creek Park

Parents say ‘needle and feces sweeps’ have become part of everyday life for the baseball community

The cover of the newly redesigned Beaver Lodge Forest Lands activity guide. Photo courtesy Greenways Land Trust
Greenways redesigns Beaver Lodge activity guide

Guide has helped teach students for over a decade

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Dr. Aref Tabarsi, a general pathologist at the North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital Medical Laboratory, spoke about the issue of service in the region at a meeting in February 2020. Black Press file photo
Comox Strathcona hospital board wants pathology service back

Board supports move for chair, vice-chair to engage with Island Health on issue

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 flight demo team returning to Vancouver Island for spring training

The team will be in the Comox Valley area from May 16 to 24

Saanich police and a coroner investigated a fatal crash in the 5200-block of West Saanich Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Police determine speed, impairment not factors in fatal Greater Victoria crash

Driver who died veered across centre line into oncoming traffic for unknown reason, police say

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Bow-legged bear returns to Ladysmith, has an appointment with the vet

Brown Drive Park closed as conservation officers search for her after she returned from relocation

Brian Peach rescues ducklings from a storm drain in Smithers May 12. (Lauren L’Orsa video screen shot)
VIDEO: Smithers neighbours rescue ducklings from storm drain

Momma and babies made it safely back to the creek that runs behind Turner Way

Most Read