November 9, 2018 12:17 am
Updated: November 9, 2018 11:18 am

Thousands taking quiz to help make choice in B.C. proportional representation referendum

A sample ballot for the British Columbia electoral reform referendum is shown in Victoria on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. British Columbia's chief electoral officer says the labour dispute at Canada Post is being watched closely as ballots for the province's electoral reform referendum are being placed in the mail. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner

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An online “would-you-rather” quiz on the proportional representation referendum is making the rounds as people across British Columbia are marking and mailing in their ballots.

So far, Referendum Guide creator Jamie Deith says the quiz has been taken 82,000 times.

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“I would say the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

Maria Dobrinskaya with the Yes campaign, Vote PR BC, says she sees it being useful for people deciding on one of three proportional representation options.

“Like any sort of quiz on the internet, it’s helpful but it shouldn’t be the only tool that people use when making these kinds of decisions.”

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Bill Tieleman with the No camp, Vote No to PR, says the quiz is a push for proportional representation.

Even attempting to get only a first-past-the-post result, he says he was still guided how to rank the PR options.

“To me if you want to make the case for proportional representation, make the case,” Tieleman said. “Don’t try and trick people into answering extremely biased questions with extremely biased answers and a biased result and saying it was neutral.”

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Deith says he is working independently of any campaign.

And though he is clear that he supports proportional representation, he says he worked to make the survey impartial and is making changes along the way as issues arise.

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Elections BC has mailed out the referendum ballots, which need to be returned by mail by end of day November 30.

Voters can call Elections BC to confirm their ballot has been received.

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Results are expected by mid-December.

Voters are choosing between staying with B.C.’s first-past-the-post system or changing to proportional representation.

Voters are also asked to choose one of three proportional representation voting systems: mixed member proportional, dual member proportional, and rural-urban proportional.

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