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Give municipalities the option of using ranked ballots as an alternative to first-past-the-post in their own elections

Ontario Liberal Plan June 14, 2014
In progress
Nov 2017

Ranked Ballot Elections for Ontario Municipalities

Municipal affairs November 16, 2017

Rules for ranked ballot elections are set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and Ontario Regulation 310/16.

Beginning in 2018, municipalities in Ontario have the option to use ranked ballots for council elections as an alternative to first-past-the-post. Ranked ballots allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference for a particular office. For example, when voting for mayor, a voter can rank one or more candidates for that office. Ranked ballots allow a voter to express additional preferences in the event that their first choice is eliminated in the first (or in a later) round of counting.