British Columbians have rejected electoral reform for the second time in four years.
Referendum results show that single transferable vote has failed to gain the support of 60 percent of voters, which it needed to supplant the current first-past-the-post system.
STV also needed to get more than 50 percent of the votes in at least 60 percent of the province’s 85 electoral districts.
In the 2005 election, 57.69 percent of B.C. voters endorsed STV.
If STV had passed this time around, it would have been put in place for the next scheduled election in 2013.
The voting system would have seen B.C. go from 85 single-member ridings to 20 multiple-member ridings, while keeping the same number of MLAs.
Version of STV are used in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland
Under STV systems, voters rank candidates on their ballot in order of preference. The number of seats won by political parties more closely resembles their share of the overall popular vote. Minority and coalition governments are more likely under STV.
The Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, created by the province in 2003, recommended STV in 2004.
The provincial government gave $500,000 to two groups, British Columbians for BC-STV (aka Fair Voting B.C.) and No STV, which ran the official “yes” and “no” campaigns for this year’s referendum.
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