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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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  • Matthew Barry
    signed via 2020-10-20 23:09:18 -0400
    Ranked choice voting is an essential step forward for democracy—-it allows voters to always vote with their conscience and based on the policies they want to see, without feeling the need to vote strategically by siding with a party that doesn’t align with your views. Block municipalities from doing this shows a desire to prevent free choice, and as such is anti-democratic at its very core.
  • Diego Rupolo
    signed 2020-10-20 23:09:16 -0400
  • Charles Blaquière
    signed 2020-10-20 23:09:03 -0400
  • David Sills
    signed 2020-10-20 23:06:57 -0400
  • Geraldine Molloy-Singh
    signed 2020-10-20 23:05:49 -0400
  • Andrea Loken
    signed 2020-10-20 23:02:28 -0400
  • Andrea Brunton
    signed 2020-10-20 22:34:15 -0400
  • Elaine Peltier
    signed 2020-10-20 22:25:57 -0400
  • Cara Reith
    signed via 2020-10-20 22:18:01 -0400
  • Michael Wheeler
    signed 2020-10-20 22:12:34 -0400
    My community of Kingston has already voted 2/3 in favour of Ranked Ballots for our net municipal elections. Why does this government think it knows better than voters who have already spoken?
  • David Gonsalves
    signed 2020-10-20 22:05:08 -0400
  • Heather Johnson
    signed 2020-10-20 22:02:18 -0400
  • Richard Bloomfield
    signed 2020-10-20 21:53:54 -0400
  • Kara Naklicki
    signed 2020-10-20 21:53:46 -0400
  • Lincoln McCardle
    signed via 2020-10-20 21:39:32 -0400
  • David Elfstrom
    signed 2020-10-20 21:29:33 -0400
  • Paul Danyluk
    signed 2020-10-20 21:24:47 -0400
  • Richard Hamilton
    signed 2020-10-20 21:24:41 -0400
  • cheryl white
    signed 2020-10-20 21:24:18 -0400
  • Andrea Ketola
    signed 2020-10-20 21:22:42 -0400
  • Megan Hostetter
    signed 2020-10-20 21:21:24 -0400
  • Robert Shirkey
    signed 2020-10-20 21:18:32 -0400
    So disappointed by this announcement. And trying to sneak it into pandemic legislation? Shameless.
  • Melissa Kamphuis
    signed 2020-10-20 21:16:23 -0400
  • Greg Legge
    signed 2020-10-20 21:15:36 -0400
  • Lee Helmer
    signed 2020-10-20 21:08:55 -0400
  • Jason Kerr
    @jasonjkerr tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-20 21:08:25 -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=75497
  • Jason Kerr
    signed 2020-10-20 21:07:57 -0400
  • Jeremy McCall
    signed 2020-10-20 21:04:58 -0400
    Give us the choice, Doug. You don’t live here so you don’t know what we want locally.
  • Al Helmer
    signed 2020-10-20 21:03:56 -0400
  • Waltraud Knott
    signed 2020-10-20 20:57:19 -0400