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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.

1,127 signatures so far

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or Text RANKEDBALLOTS to +12262700719 to sign

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  • Barbara Gajda
    signed 2020-11-27 14:50:27 -0500
    ranked ballots is the true democracy !
  • Benjamin Sheil
    signed 2020-11-18 20:49:51 -0500
  • Cameron Tausch
    signed 2020-11-15 08:11:19 -0500
  • Colleen Beyer
    signed 2020-11-14 18:25:52 -0500
  • Jody Culham
    signed 2020-11-13 18:15:39 -0500
    Doug Ford has no business meddling in municipal politics. It should be up to cities to decide their electoral procedures.
  • Sherry Morel
    signed 2020-11-11 18:13:49 -0500
  • Sabrina Bowman
    @SabrinaBenviro tweeted link to this page. 2020-11-11 09:42:10 -0500
    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=80455
  • Sabrina Bowman
    signed 2020-11-11 09:41:57 -0500
    This is a direct attack on the democracy, a swipe at taking away even more power from the people.
  • Ralph Johnston
    signed 2020-11-10 17:13:10 -0500
    Give back my ranked vote Doug! It’s MY vote — not YOURS!
  • Lisa Danielsen
    signed 2020-11-10 08:29:51 -0500
  • Bruce Rosebrugh
    signed 2020-11-10 07:01:22 -0500
  • Daniel Cutajar
    signed 2020-11-09 21:47:23 -0500
  • Helen White
    signed 2020-11-09 14:40:32 -0500
  • Kyla Moore
    signed 2020-11-08 09:09:40 -0500
    What do you think you are doing, Doug? Stop meddling – if municipalities want ranked ballots, that is up to THEM to decide. Ranked ballots help voters express their preferences. First-past-the-post is archaic and your argument that “it’s what we’ve always done In the past” is ridiculous. They used to burn witches too, but that didn’t make it right! Denying us this option is an abuse of power.
  • Anthony McGran
    signed 2020-11-05 18:36:21 -0500
    FPTP is worst of all systems and that is why NO Political Parties use it internally
  • Julia Beltrano
    signed 2020-11-05 17:53:20 -0500
  • Lisa Logan
    signed 2020-11-05 17:35:10 -0500
  • Emily Ng
    @_ngemily tweeted link to this page. 2020-11-05 17:04:05 -0500
    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=80436
  • Emily Ng
    signed 2020-11-05 17:03:49 -0500
  • Eric Mills
    signed 2020-11-04 20:57:29 -0500
    Sleazy Republican tactics don’t go over well in Ontario.
  • Victoria O'Meara
    signed 2020-11-04 17:04:03 -0500
  • Kate Lawton
    signed 2020-11-04 16:25:12 -0500
  • Courtney Merner
    signed 2020-11-04 15:17:09 -0500
  • Nicole Devos
    signed 2020-11-04 13:51:00 -0500
  • Katherine Laundy
    signed 2020-11-04 12:46:29 -0500
  • David Fleming
    signed 2020-11-04 12:41:55 -0500
    Lets move forward
  • Christina Moeys
    signed 2020-11-04 12:39:20 -0500
  • Euan Fraser tait
    signed 2020-11-04 11:28:02 -0500
  • Artur Iatsko
    signed 2020-11-04 10:57:58 -0500
  • Zack Taylor
    signed 2020-11-04 10:56:11 -0500