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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.

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  • 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
  • Kitt Bond
    signed 2020-10-21 20:35:43 -0400
  • Darren Zanussi
    signed via 2020-10-21 20:33:55 -0400
  • Tom Vilneff
    signed 2020-10-21 20:30:11 -0400
  • Leah Cox
    signed 2020-10-21 20:29:00 -0400
  • Nick Shcherban
    signed 2020-10-21 20:22:49 -0400
  • David Florkow
    signed 2020-10-21 20:22:28 -0400
  • Eric Patterson
    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.
  • Lee Ramsay
    signed 2020-10-21 20:12:01 -0400
  • Mary McCollam
    signed 2020-10-21 20:11:00 -0400
  • Tracie Edward Palmer
    signed 2020-10-21 19:53:30 -0400
  • Trevor Schwellnus
    signed 2020-10-21 19:49:05 -0400
  • Andrew Gordon
    signed 2020-10-21 19:39:09 -0400
  • Beryl Pilkington
    signed 2020-10-21 19:33:55 -0400
  • Prabha Khosla
    signed 2020-10-21 19:33:11 -0400
  • Kenneth Goldberg
    signed 2020-10-21 19:32:12 -0400
  • Jesse Clay
    signed 2020-10-21 19:17:29 -0400
  • Catherine Burr
    signed 2020-10-21 19:06:00 -0400
  • Eric Post
    signed 2020-10-21 18:53:39 -0400
  • Simon Geraghty
    signed 2020-10-21 18:48:40 -0400
    @fordnation First past the post is an outdated flawed system that inevitably results in a non-representative two party system. Ranked ballots are the best way to keep our representatives honest and working in OUR interest..!
  • Laura Galvis Daza
    signed 2020-10-21 18:45:37 -0400
    Ranked ballots are a more comprehensive system to understand what citizens and constitutents want and need from leaders and political platforms. We should not be taking this away from a couple of municipalities, but expanding it throughout the province. Whatever additional costs (e.g., more hours in wages for poll workers sorting through ranked ballots) are worth a stronger democratic process.
  • Shelley Faulkner
    signed 2020-10-21 18:45:21 -0400
  • Kent Weatherilt
    signed 2020-10-21 18:45:13 -0400
  • Michelle Flecker
    signed 2020-10-21 18:45:12 -0400
  • Colin Seymour
    signed 2020-10-21 18:43:31 -0400
    Why should one politician, potentially afraid of not being re-elected, get to foist this on everyone?
  • Delilah Deane Cummings
    signed 2020-10-21 18:41:08 -0400
  • Donna Benoit
    signed via 2020-10-21 18:31:52 -0400