The plebiscite countdown is on. Prince Edward Islanders will be going to the polls in just three months to vote on whether they would like to change P.E.I.’s voting system, and Elections P.E.I. has been touring the province to educate Islanders about the upcoming plebiscite on electoral reform. After all, there will be many new elements in this vote that many Islanders may never have experienced, including online and telephone voting as well as a ranked ballot. Paul Allen, director of communications for Elections P.E.I., says some Islanders have told him they had no idea a vote on electoral reform was scheduled for this fall. That’s why Elections P.E.I. was tasked with mounting an education campaign – to try to help Islanders understand the five different options they will be asked to choose from on the plebiscite ballot.
“The last time there was a plebiscite (in 2005) there was no real public education, so that’s the big push this year, to get the public education out there so people understand what the five options are,” Allen said.
“It’s been a great response so far. People are appreciating the fact that we’re actually out educating them so they can make an informed decision when it comes time for the plebiscite.”