June 25, 2014 12:30 pm

Ranked balloting initiatives pop up in two major Ontario cities

Initiatives in two major Ontario cities are calling for ranked balloting.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – New ranked balloting initiatives have popped up in two major Ontario cities.

Activists in Whitby and London have each began promoting the idea of using ranked balloting in municipal elections.

“We’re trying to build support locally,” Michael McAlpine, a member of 123 London told the London Free Press.

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Electoral reform has been gaining momentum in the province since Toronto voted to explore ranked balloting in 2013.  Premier Kathleen Wynne soon followed suit, pleding to allow municipalities implement electoral reform at their own discretion.

READ MORE: Wynne wins majority – does Ontario need electoral reform?

Ranked balloting allows voters to pick a second and third choice on their ballots. The idea behind the system is to ensure whoever wins has a majority of votes and reduce vote-splitting.

Wynne has not lent her support to ranked balloting at the provincial level however. She won a majority government during the June 12 election with 38.7 per cent of the popular vote.

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