It’s a rare opportunity to be able to vote on how we vote, and the province’s referendum is still underway.

According to Elections BC, the four ridings with the highest return rate in the province all come from Vancouver Island.

Coming in at number one is Saanich North, with a 47% return rate.

Meanwhile, Parksville-Qualicum holds a close second with 46.8%, while Oak Bay-Gordon Head sits in third with 43.2%. Courtenay-Comox rounds out the fourth highest with 41.8%.

In contrast, the lowest return rate in the province comes from Surrey-Whalley with just 18.8% of the ballots sent in.

As of Monday morning, approximately 1,285,000 packages had been received by Elections BC, which works out to be roughly 39% of all the eligible ballots.

These totals do not include packages that have been received by Canada Post but not transferred yet to Elections BC.

The deadline to submit your referendum ballot was originally Nov 30th. However, due to the rotating Canada Post strikes, the cutoff date had been extended to this Friday, Dec 7th.

If you haven’t voted yet, you still have the rest of the week!

And if you’re looking for information on what to, or a brief explanation of the different voting systems being offered, here’s our handy article on everything you need to know about the electoral reform referendum.

 

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