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‘Ranked ballot roadshow’ to teach Londoners about city’s new voting system

London will first use the voting system during the fall municipal election.
London will first use the voting system during the fall municipal election. Chris Young / The Canadian Press

Unlock Democracy Canada will be welcoming Londoners to its four-city interactive event dedicated entirely to ranked balloting.

The “ranked ballot roadshow” comes months ahead of the fall municipal election, where London will become the first city in Canada to use a ranked ballot system to elect its city government.

Mayor Matt Brown and Ward 7 Coun. Josh Morgan will be joined by a number of ranked ballot advocates to speak about the voting system’s benefits.

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Dave Meslin, creative director of Unlock Democracy Canada, told 980 CFPL on The Craig Needles Show that adopting a ranked ballot system is an easy decision.

“It’s actually widely known in all political circles that this is the most fair, efficient, and common sense way to elect any single winner in an election,” said Meslin.

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Meslin added that ranked ballots are already used internally by Canadian political parties and have been used in U.S. city elections for years.

The “ranked ballot roadshow” made appearances this week in Kingston, Cambridge and Toronto.

Friday night’s event gets underway at Innovation Works on King Street at 7 p.m.