Mixed Member Proportional
Mixed Member Proportional representation was recommended by the Law Commission of Canada (2004) and several provincial commissions. Variations of MMP are used in New Zealand, Germany, Scotland and Wales.
How it Works
About 60% of the MLAs will be local riding MLAs elected by winner-take-all as we do today. About 40% of the MLAs will be elected as regional MLAs, with your regional vote.
You will have two votes. One vote helps elect a local MLA. The other vote helps elect regional MLAs from your region.
Your vote for a regional candidate is also called the “party vote.” A vote for a regional candidate also counts as a vote for that party. The party vote determines what proportion of the seats each party should have in each region.
If voters for a party are entitled to elect a regional MLA it will be the party’s regional candidate who got the most votes across the region. These are also called “top up seats”.
Voting is simple. Put an X beside one Local MLA and one Regional MLA.
With MMP, local ridings become about 67% bigger to accommodate the regional seats without requiring any more MLAs.
There are excellent videos on MMP on our youtube channel in the systems playlist. To get the basic idea of how the ballots are counted, we recommend this video: