Elections PEI's mandate is to conduct the impartial administration of provincial elections, provincial by-elections, plebiscites and referendums. The Chief Electoral Officer of PEI issues the Writ of Election upon receiving the executive order from government. The Election Act (PDF) of PEI is the source of all information regarding election rules and procedures on Prince Edward Island.
Members of the Legislative Assembly
Political parties on PEI try to have their candidates elected to the Legislative Assembly to represent the 27 electoral districts. Each district has only one elected candidate to represent all living in the district. The party with the most elected candidates, forms the government.
Prince Edward Island is the envy of Canada with voter turnout generally over 80%. Tracking voter turnout records dating back to 1966 shows the highest turnout for a provincial general election happened in May of 1970 with 87.32% of eligible voters going to the polls, while the lowest was in October 2011 with 76.33% of eligible voters going to the polls. Here is a summary of Voter Percentage Turnout (PDF) from 1966 to present day.