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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.

115 signatures so far

Will you sign?

or Text RANKEDBALLOTS to +12262700719 to sign

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  • 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
  • Al Helmer
    signed 2020-10-20 21:03:56 -0400
  • Nadine Reeves
    signed 2020-10-20 20:47:26 -0400
  • Chris Pollett
    signed 2020-10-20 20:44:11 -0400
  • Jason Goncalves
    signed 2020-10-20 20:35:28 -0400
  • Jordan Flemming
    signed 2020-10-20 20:25:35 -0400
  • Michael Wickett
    signed 2020-10-20 19:53:11 -0400
  • Merlin Chatwin
    signed 2020-10-20 19:17:36 -0400
  • Jo-Anne Vandierendonck
    signed 2020-10-20 19:12:57 -0400
    I support electoral reform at the municipal, provincial and federal level. I am proud that the citizens of my home city of London supported rank ballots. It encouraged individuals to run for office, increasing the diversity of options for voters. First past the post Is antiquated and serves the interests of political parties, NOT the voting citizens.
  • Amanda Green
    signed 2020-10-20 19:09:07 -0400
  • Shawn Lewis
    signed 2020-10-20 19:05:55 -0400
  • Carole Perraud
    signed 2020-10-20 19:01:00 -0400
  • Jessica Farmer Bosma
    signed 2020-10-20 19:00:54 -0400
  • Mike Bloxam
    signed 2020-10-20 18:56:59 -0400
  • Devan Vanden Boomen
    signed 2020-10-20 18:55:36 -0400
  • Adam Bohnet
    signed 2020-10-20 18:54:45 -0400
  • Sara Middleton
    signed 2020-10-20 18:53:40 -0400
  • Paul Seale
    signed 2020-10-20 18:46:58 -0400
    This has no place in a COVID-19 recovery bill, and it’s no time to suppress new voices in our democracy.
  • Jesse Whiteside
    signed 2020-10-20 18:33:50 -0400
  • Susan Toth
    signed 2020-10-20 18:11:20 -0400
    Absolutely astonished by the lack of dialogue. Ranked ballots help ensure more issue driven elections, and discourage negative campaigning. It encourages diversity of candidates. ONTARIO PC’S KNOW THIS AND USE ranked ballots! Do not take this away in such an underhanded manner.
  • Christopher DeGroot
    signed 2020-10-20 18:11:16 -0400
  • Shawn Adamsson
    signed 2020-10-20 18:03:44 -0400
  • Kerry McGladdery Dent
    signed 2020-10-20 17:56:23 -0400
  • Brian Cheung
    signed 2020-10-20 17:54:09 -0400
  • Matthew Rowlinson
    @mc_rowlinson tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-20 17:48:45 -0400
    Ranked ballots provide people with more choice and encourage new people to run for office. Tell @fordnation to stop protecting incumbent politicians #onmuni http://www.helmer.ca/ranked_ballots?recruiter_id=68740
  • Matthew Rowlinson
    signed 2020-10-20 17:48:17 -0400
  • Truda Baines
    signed 2020-10-20 17:48:15 -0400
  • Adam Fearnall
    @adamfearnall tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-20 17:44:13 -0400
    Ranked ballots provide people with more choice and encourage new people to run for office. Tell @fordnation to stop protecting incumbent politicians #onmuni http://www.helmer.ca/ranked_ballots?recruiter_id=1333
  • Jim Leedham
    signed 2020-10-20 17:43:16 -0400