The Ottawa City council can now decide whether on not to use Ranked Choice Voting in the next municipal elections.
On April 4, 2016, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin, introduced legislation allowing cities to change their voting system to Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) also known as Ranked Ballots (Read press release).
Ottawa123 is asking Ottawa City Council to bring Ranked Choice Voting to City of Ottawa elections by 2018. A growing number of city councillors support this change and over 2000 have signed the petition online.
However, it is still up to the Ottawa City Council to decide whether or not to use Ranked Choice Voting in the next municipal elections. That is why it is crucial that you make your voice heard. Your political leaders represent you, for that reason they want and need to know where you stand.
Let’s show the city we want more friendly, fair and diverse municipal elections. We want Ranked Choice Voting in the City of Ottawa by 2018.
What is Ranked Choice Voting? (also know as Ranked Ballots)
Ranked Choice Voting is an electoral system that allows voters to choose multiple electoral candidates and rank them in order of preference (Read a more detailed explanation here).
Why does Ottawa need Ranked Choice Voting?
Ensures majority support!
With RCV, a candidate must have at least 50% of the vote in order to win. This change leads to amore engaged City of Ottawa electorate and more vibrant democracy .
No more vote splitting!
You can always vote with your heart rather than against the candidate you don’t’ want. If your first choice is eliminated of the race, then your vote automatically goes to your next choice.
More candidates & ideas!
Potential candidates will not be discouraged from running for fear of vote splittlng. This results in a greater number of ideas debated during municipal elections.
Discourages negative campaigning!
Since candidates need to win with at least 50% of the vote, they also need to appeal to their opponents’ supporters in order to be their second or third choice, resulting in friendlier elections.
What can you do?
Show your support! The Ottawa City Council represents you, that is why the need to know where you stand.