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BASIC PARTS OF THE B.C. GREEN PARTY P.R. PROPOSAL FEB. 2002

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      BASIC PARTS OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA) GREEN PARTY PROPORTIONAL
      REPRESENTATION PROPOSAL FEB. 2002

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      http://elections.bc.ca/init/i2002.html

      Initiative to Establish a Proportional Representation Electoral System
       
      Petition number:IP-2002-001

      Proponent's name: Adriane Carr
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      D- The 2001 election elected 77 Liberals and 2 New Democrats -- in the 79
      gerrymander districts using plurality elections (aka FPTP).
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      Proportional Representation Electoral Amendment Act

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      18. Section 89 is repealed and the following substituted:

      Each individual may vote only once in an election
      89
      An individual must not cast more than one constituency ballot and one party
      ballot in the same general election and not more than one constituency ballot
      in the same by-election.

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      38. Section 125 is repealed and the following substituted:

      Preliminary election results
      125
      (1) After the ballot account is completed under section 121 (3), the voting
      officer must report to the district electoral officer,
      (a) the number of votes accepted for each candidate and the number of
      rejected constituency ballots, and
      (b) the number of votes accepted for each party and the number of rejected
      party ballots.
      (2) On the basis of the reports received under subsection (1), the district
      electoral officer may make public preliminary results for the election.

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      43. Section 137 is repealed and the following substituted:

      Regulations for allocating party seats
      137A
      (1) The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly will be twice the
      number of electoral districts, with half of the seats going to constituency
      candidates and half of the seats going to party candidates (“party seats”).
      (2) In order to be eligible for party seats, a party must receive at least
      five percent of the total valid votes on party ballots in a general election
      or elect at least one constituency representative.
      (3) The Chief Electoral Officer will use the following procedure to ensure
      that the proportion of members of the entire Legislative Assembly affiliated
      with a particular political party resembles as closely as possible the
      proportion of total valid votes cast for that party on party ballots:
      (a) Determine the “Eligible Support” for each party by calculating the number
      of votes cast for the party in the party ballot, and dividing by the total
      number of votes cast for parties eligible for party seats.
      (b) Determine the “Optimum Number of Seats” for each party by multiplying the
      Eligible Support of the party by the total number of seats in the Legislative
      Assembly.
      (c) Determine the “Eligible Parties” by excluding from the list of parties on
      the party ballot any party that is not eligible for party seats, and any
      party that has elected a number of constituency candidates greater than or
      equal to the Optimum Number of Seats for that party.
      (d) Allocate the party seats among the Eligible Parties in a manner that
      ensures that the ratio of [total final seats divided by Optimum Number of
      Seats] for each Eligible Party is the same or such that the difference
      between the highest ratio and lowest ratio is minimized.
      (4) Once the number of party seats to be allocated to each party has been
      determined under subsection (3), the Chief Electoral Officer will offer those
      seats to the party candidates on the party list of each Eligible Party, after
      that party list is adjusted to reflect the removal of;
      (a) party candidates elected as constituency candidates in the election, and
      (b) party candidates who are no longer eligible to be members in the
      Legislative Assembly, such that the first seat will be offered to the party
      candidate named first in priority on the party list, and subsequent seats
      shall be offered to party candidates as they appear in descending priority on
      the party list.
      (5) The Chief Electoral Officer must make regulations setting out the rules
      and thresholds governing recounts of party ballots, including judicial
      recounts under Division 3.

      Declaration of Final Results
      137B
      (1) At the conclusion of the final count, the district electoral officer must
      declare the official constituency ballot and official party ballot election
      results as follows:
      (a) the results of the final count of constituency ballots, as determined
      under section 132;
      (b) the election of the candidate who received the most votes;
      (c) if no candidate can be declared elected because there is an equality of
      votes for 2 or more candidates, or if the difference between the votes
      received by the candidate declared elected and the candidate with the next
      highest number of votes is less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered,
      that the results of the election are subject to a required judicial recount
      under section 139 (5).
      (d) the results of the final count of party ballots, as determined under
      section 132, and forward these results to the chief electoral officer
      (2) After receiving the results of the party ballots from the district
      electoral officers, the chief electoral officer shall declare which party
      candidates have been elected to the Legislative Assembly.
      (3) The results and election as declared under subsections (1) and (2) are
      final subject only to a judicial recount under Division 3 of this Part or a
      declaration under Part 8.
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      51. Form 2 of Schedule 1 is repealed and the followed substituted:
      Form 2A

      ORDINARY CONSTITUENCY BALLOT

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      Form 2B
      ORDINARY PARTY BALLOT

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      52. Form 3 of Schedule 1 is repealed and the following substituted:

      Form 3A
      WRITE-IN BALLOT FOR CONSTITUENCY CANDIDATE

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      Form 3B
      WRITE-IN PARTY BALLOT

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