The Chief Electoral Officer issued a Writ of Election on March 26, 2019 to the Returning Officers in the 27 electoral districts to conduct a Provincial General Election for Tuesday, April 23, 2019. There were four registered political parties and four Independent Candidates registered with Elections PEI with the issue of the Writ of Election.
The 2019 Provincial general Election had 109 candidates registered by the close of Nomination Day on Friday April 5, 2019 at 2:00pm.
A full confirmation of Electors occurred from Thursday March 28 until Tuesday April 2, 2019 with 420 Confirmation Officers tasked to visit every residential address on PEI to obtain the names of eligible electors.
More Islanders voted at Advance Polls than the previous 2015 Provincial General Election by almost 9,899 votes. A total of 38,793 electors chose to vote at the Advance Polls, accounting for 36.21% of the final vote count. The total of eligible electors registered to vote with Elections PEI climbed to 107,109. The overall turnout was 77.66%.
The 2019 Provincial General Election also provided electors to vote in a provincial referendum on Electoral Reform. A second ballot; the Referendum Ballot, was provided and asked the question "Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?"
The voting options on the ballot were “NO” or “YES”. The arrangement of the voting options was questioned as to why “No” was on top of “Yes” when it seems more natural to say “Yes or No” rather than “No or Yes”. The answer to the question is a simple one. According to Section 54 (1) of the Election Act, the voting options will be displayed alphabetically.
More Statistics and information is available in the Report of the Chief Electoral Officer