Yesterday in a ballot referendum, PEI residents opted not to change their voting system from first-past-the-post to mixed-member proportional representation (MMP). Still, a record number of Islanders thought the change in electoral system was a good idea.
Islanders were asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the following question: Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?
According to the CBC, “more than 50 per cent of Islanders voted ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ was the popular choice in 15 ridings, but only took around 49 per cent of the popular vote.
P.E.I.'s Referendum Act required a "yes" vote to meet two thresholds to trigger a change: the support of a majority of Island voters in the referendum (50 per cent, plus one vote), and majority support in at least 60 per cent of the Island's electoral districts (17 of 27 districts).