Ranked ballots – “It’s math”

April 7, 2016

Changes to how Ontario municipalities will vote?

This past week, the Liberal government took the first legislative step toward allowing Ontario municipalities to use a ranked ballot system to elect their mayor and city councillors. We asked Katherine Skene, co-chair of the Toronto-based lobbying group RaBIT, about their goals for the next municipal election, which takes place in 2018.

Signal Toronto: Does RaBIT want to see the city make ranked ballots available to voters for either mayor or city councillor for the 2018 election?

Katherine Skene: We are still hopeful for implementation of ranked ballots in 2018…it’s really time. Toronto has had lots of time to talk about this and think about this and we should be starting on things like public consultations, and we should be starting on city staff reports because we know this is something Toronto wants to do, so it is still possible, and we are still hopeful that in 2018 we’ll see ranked ballots in Toronto, and we’re going to start working towards that until someone tells us it’s impossible.

RaBIT stands for The Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto, a volunteer organization that’s been lobbying for changes to Toronto’s electoral system over the last few years. It was started by Dave Meslin (he’s the guy who told Ian Hanomansing “it’s math” when the TV host suggested his argument for proportional representation was based on subjective assumptions during CBC’s federal election coverage).