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Today, Doug Ford is trying to take away power from the people of Ontario.

Taking away the option of ranked ballots makes our democracy worse. It reduces the political voice of voters. It reduces the likelihood of new people seeking to serve as elected representatives at the municipal level.

The only people who benefit from taking away ranked ballots are incumbent politicians.

Back in 2018, London was the only municipality in Ontario to implement ranked ballots (read more in this report from Unlock Democracy). Ranked ballots allowed tens of thousands of Londoners to rank their preferences for mayor and council elections. It worked well and it encouraged new people to run for council, including the first Black woman elected to London's city council

Kingston and Cambridge voted in 2018 to move ahead with ranked ballots in 2022.

It does cost a little bit more to collect much more information about who people support. That is the cost of a stronger local democracy.

The previous Liberal government empowered people by making ranked ballots an option at the municipal level. They gave people a choice. By taking that power away, by moving to collect less rather than more information from voters, Doug Ford is protecting incumbent politicians.

The Ontario PC Party itself uses ranked ballots. Doug Ford was elected Leader by a ranked ballot. If ranked ballots are good enough for his own party, surely they are good enough for the people of Ontario.

This change has been tacked on to the pandemic-related "Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020." If London is forced to switch back to first-past-the-post, we will incur new one-time costs.

It is clear that this move is really about stopping electoral reform from spreading.

If you oppose this move to take ranked ballots away as an option, please add your name and share this petition.

You may also want to call Premier Ford's office at 416-325-1941.

1,131 signatures so far

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or Text RANKEDBALLOTS to +12262700719 to sign

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  • Simon Fisher
    signed 2020-10-21 21:04:22 -0400
    Stop trying to halt electoral reform. Shame on you tacking it on to covid recovery.
  • Melanie Cronk  Reid
    signed 2020-10-21 21:03:46 -0400
    Disgraceful of this government to overrule a referendum!
  • Leo Petrazickis
    signed 2020-10-21 20:59:40 -0400
  • Joshua Harrower
    @joshharrower tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-21 20:57:21 -0400
    Ranked ballots provide people with more choice and encourage new people to run for office. Tell @fordnation to stop protecting incumbent politicians #onmuni https://www.helmer.ca/ranked_ballots?recruiter_id=79740
  • Joshua Harrower
    signed 2020-10-21 20:56:52 -0400
    Astonishing—this Premier got elected by the skin of his teeth using a ranked ballot. A starkly hypocritical, disappointing development.
  • Pat Scarborough
    signed 2020-10-21 20:52:31 -0400
  • Traci Van Geel
    signed 2020-10-21 20:50:08 -0400
    Making my vote count right up to the end once my chosen candidate was eliminated in the last election was one of the most exciting parts of this change in London. Way more participation in the electoral process is what we are looking for, isn’t it?
  • andrew turnbull
    signed 2020-10-21 20:48:34 -0400
  • Layra Cooper
    signed 2020-10-21 20:46:39 -0400
    What kind of political person would support this under the table, non-democratic law? This kind of dictatorial governing is both outrageous and sad
  • Gregory Rubin
    signed 2020-10-21 20:44:46 -0400
    Thank you RaBit for your advocacy on this important electoral reform.
  • Hongmei Cai
    signed 2020-10-21 20:43:35 -0400
  • Cathy Pike
    signed 2020-10-21 20:41:34 -0400
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    signed 2020-10-21 20:29:00 -0400
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    signed 2020-10-21 20:21:38 -0400
  • Matthew Harasym
    signed 2020-10-21 20:13:13 -0400
    This is a disturbing attack on democracy thinly veiled behind pandemic support. Absolutely disgraceful, a disgusting tactic I would expect from US Republicans.

    People decided locally in their municipal elections, through the process of voting, that they wanted new electoral systems for their communities. It is fundamentally undemocratic and unethical for Ford and his cronies to halt such processes, even if current law gives them the legal latitude to do so.

    I would suggest Ford should be ashamed of himself for this obvious power grab, but I do not think he possesses any at this juncture.
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