For the first time in 2018, the City of London will use a ranked choice ballot to elect our City Councillors and Mayor. With a ranked ballot, citizens can vote for a first, second, and third choice in each race.
When counting the ballots, the first choices get counted first. If a candidate receives 50%+1 of the votes cast, they're declared the winner.
If not, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated from the race. But the citizens who voted for that candidate still get a say because their second choice votes are used instead. If those votes put one of the remaining candidates to at least 50%+1 of the votes, there's a winner. If not, the process is repeated until a winner can be declared.
You can find more information about ranked ballots on the City of London website.
In Ward 4, there are five candidates running:
Stephen William Orser
You will be able to choose a first, second, and third choice on your ballot for Ward 4 councillor.