What is MMP?
MMP stands for "Mixed Member Proportional". Under the proposed MMP model there will still be 27 seats in the Legislative Assembly. However, only 18 of them would be district seats. The other 9 would be province-wide seats. Each of the 18 districts would be considerably larger than any of the 27 under the current system. Under the MMP system members representing the 18 electoral districts would continue to be elected on a First Past The Post basis. In addition to the 18 district members, there would be 9 province-wide members elected by voters from a list of candidates put forward by the registered political parties. An MMP ballot will be in two parts. In the first part, using the First Past The Post system, a voter would mark a single ‘X’ for their preferred candidate. Two-thirds of the MLAs will be elected this way and will become a representative for a district. On the second part of the ballot, a voter would mark a single ‘X’ for their preferred party by voting for a candidate on a party list. One-third of the MLAs would be elected this way. The result of the second part of the ballot determines the percentage of popular vote for each party. This second vote assigns seats to parties by attempting to make up for any difference in what a party would be assigned proportionally and the number of seats won through First Past The Post. List candidates would represent the entire province.
What is FPTP?
FPTP stands for First Past The post and this is PEI’s current voting system. Candidates run against each other within a geographic boundary called a district. This system means that it is possible for parties to form a government even if they did not have majority support. It is possible for a party to win more districts but has garnered less aggregate voter support. PEI is divided into 27 electoral districts. In each district, candidates vie for election and the candidate with the most votes becomes elected.
Where do I apply to become an advertiser?
You can apply online by clicking here or you can come to the office at 149 Kent St. 2nd floor, Charlottetown, PEI to pick up one to fill out manually.
When will you have an info session in my area?
Information session dates and times are printed in local newspapers, and on all of our social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and can be found by clicking here.
Are there rules to become an advertiser?
Yes. There are several rules that must be followed to become a Referendum Advertiser and can be found by clicking here.
What is the role of the Referendum Commissioner?
To implement public education and information programs about the referendum, referendum advertising, and voting systems including MMP as described in Schedule 2 of the Electoral Systems Referendum Act.
To establish a website and post information about the Referendum.
To take steps to help individuals and organizations to organize to get registered as registered referendum advertisers.
To set deadline for applications for registration.
To register the eligible referendum advertisers in a timely manner.
To issue appropriate notices and directions to registered referendum advertisers and their financial agents.
To divide public money among registered referendum advertisers.
To monitor compliance with the rules set out in the Electoral Systems Referendum Act.
To rescind appointment of a financial agent when such action is required.
To require repayment of unused or abused public money.
To announce results of the referendum publicly.
To report on the referendum to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
How will the districts change if I vote yes for MMP?
Under the proposed MMP model there will still be 27 seats in the Legislative Assembly. However, only 18 of them would be district seats. The other 9 would be province-wide seats. Each of the 18 districts would be larger than any of the 27 under the current system. To illustrate this, there are maps showing the proposed changes available by clicking here.
What does a Yes or No vote mean?
A “yes” vote would mean you are in favour of the new proposed Mixed Member Proportional system and would like to see that change in the next provincial election. A “no” vote would mean you want the First Past the Post system to remain in place.
Who can vote in the referendum?
Anyone entitled to vote in the general election will be entitled to vote in the referendum. That means anyone can vote, who on election day is a Canadian citizen, is at least 18 years old and, has been ordinarily resident in the province for the previous 6 months.
What is an advertiser?
A referendum advertiser is any individual, corporation or organization that incurs or intends to incur referendum advertising expenses during the referendum period. For more info, visit “Become an Advertiser” and “Referendum Rules”.
How do I register to vote?
Between elections, you can register online by clicking here.
During an election, you can:
- Apply at the returning office in your electoral district. The Returning Officer will add your name to the list and tell you what polling station you will vote at based on your civic address.
- Apply at your polling station. The registration clerk will add your information to the list of electors. Be sure to bring appropriate ID. To see a list of appropriate ID, check their website at www.electionspei.ca.
Will independent candidates be able to run under the MMP system?
Yes, an independent candidate can run for a district vote, however, in the second part of the ballot, only registered parties can vie for a party vote.
How would votes in a MMP election be calculated?
Two main factors come into play to calculate the votes under a MMP system.
- The number of district seats a party wins;
- The percentage of the votes cast on the second part of the ballot that a party gets.
How many choices do we have during this referendum?
There will be two choices: First Past The Post (current system) or Mixed Member Proportional. The referendum question is: Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system? No/Yes. A vote for no would mean you wish to keep the current First Past The Post system and a vote for yes would mean you wish to change to a Mixed Member Proportional system.
When will the referendum be held?
Prince Edward Island will hold a referendum on its voting system in conjunction with the next Provincial General Election.
How would party list candidates be listed on a MMP ballot?
The names of all the candidates so chosen would be listed on the ballot under the name of the party that submitted them and in the order in which the party submitted them.