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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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or Text RANKEDBALLOTS to +12262700719 to sign

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  • 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    @fordnation First past the post is an outdated flawed system that inevitably results in a non-representative two party system.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
  • Ian Goldberg
    signed 2020-10-21 18:31:35 -0400
  • Caitlin McLellan
    signed 2020-10-21 18:24:28 -0400
  • Annie Dupuis
    signed 2020-10-21 18:21:52 -0400
    Electoral reform is needed to increase voter engagement. Taking away our right to have ranked ballots is going in the wrong direction.
  • Anne Dibben
    signed 2020-10-21 18:18:13 -0400
  • Sally-Beth MacLean
    signed 2020-10-21 18:17:02 -0400
  • Jack Lee
    signed 2020-10-21 18:13:15 -0400
  • Lesley Jamieson
    signed 2020-10-21 18:10:11 -0400
  • Judy Land
    @JudyLand tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-21 18:00:42 -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=79674
  • Judy Land
    signed 2020-10-21 18:00:28 -0400
  • Darryl Pieber
    signed 2020-10-21 17:59:21 -0400
  • Victoria Catterson
    signed 2020-10-21 17:51:22 -0400
  • Daniel Kryzhanovski
    signed 2020-10-21 17:51:12 -0400
  • Erica Danniels
    signed 2020-10-21 17:49:30 -0400
  • Paul Vejvoda
    signed 2020-10-21 17:49:08 -0400
  • Rachel Fonseca
    signed 2020-10-21 17:46:29 -0400
    The Ford government’s constant interference in municipal matters to the detriment of it’s citizens, is exhausting and stressful and must stop!
  • Anneke Smit
    signed 2020-10-21 17:46:00 -0400
  • Riley Haas
    signed 2020-10-21 17:42:54 -0400
  • Kirstyn Seanor
    signed 2020-10-21 17:39:39 -0400
    Municipalities are a key space to test and refine options, including electoral systems. Taking control away from municipalities risks limiting data collection, program development, and neglecting the impact of local contexts.
  • Carol Agocs
    signed 2020-10-21 17:38:14 -0400
  • Dominique Russell
    signed 2020-10-21 17:36:19 -0400
  • Peter Walker
    signed 2020-10-21 17:36:15 -0400