Electoral reform appears dead in the water, after just 38.74 percent of B.C. voters endorsed single transferable vote in the May 12 referendum.
A cursory glance at Elections B.C.’s preliminary results reveals some interesting trivia for poli-sci geeks.
The two ridings where the pro-STV vote reached 60 percent were Victoria-Beacon Hill (61.33 percent) and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant (61.58 percent).
These ridings are, respectively, home to re-elected NDP Leader Carole James and Jenny Kwan, who is currently the longest continuously serving NDP MLA. While the voters in those ridings have embraced incumbents, they’ve also voted to support voting reform.
Had Premier Gordon Campbell decreed that a simple majority (or 50 percent plus one) would suffice as a provincewide threshold for approval, only five more ridings would have met that threshold—Vancouver-Fairview (51.07 percent), Vancouver-Hastings (52.64 percent); Vancouver-Point Grey (52.23 percent), Vancouver-West End (53 percent), and Victoria-Swan Lake (55.83 percent).
These ridings include some of the safest in the province.