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P.E.I. electoral reform referendum result unaffected by final count

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The final numbers in Prince Edward Island’s referendum on changing the voting system have changed slightly from those reported after the April 23 vote, but the result remains the same.

There were not enough votes in favour of adopting a mixed member proportional system to bind government to move away from the first-past-the-post system currently in use.

The final numbers released Tuesday show the total number of validly cast ballots in the referendum was 81,888.

The number of validly cast No votes (those who did not favour change) was 42,372 which is 51.74 per cent of the total. The number of validly cast Yes votes (in favour of mixed member proportional) was 39,516, which is 48.26 per cent of the total.

The No side got the majority of validly cast ballots in 13 of the 27 districts, while the Yes side got the majority of the validly cast ballots in 14 of the 27 districts.

Neither the No nor the Yes sides received enough votes to bind the government to take action under the Electoral System Referendum Act.

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