Ontario government moves to scrap ranked ballots in municipal elections

File photo of Queen's Park in Toronto. Briana Carnegie / AM640 / Global News Toronto

TORONTO – The Ontario government has introduced a bill that would prevent municipalities from using ranked ballots in the next civic election.

A spokesman for Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says municipalities should not “experiment” with changes to municipal votes during the pandemic.

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The government says this measure will keep the electoral process consistent across municipal, provincial and federal elections.

Toronto had contemplated introducing a ranked ballot system for its 2022 municipal election.

Mayor John Tory’s office could not immediately be reached for comment on the proposed legislation.

The change was part of a bill introduced in the Ontario legislature which largely focuses on measures to provide liability protection from COVID-19 exposure to workers, businesses and charities.


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