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What we know about Canada's first ranked-ballot municipal election | CBC News
Most voters ranked their ballots

Of the 39 per cent of Londoners who voted in the municipal election, most took advantage of the fact that they could, for the first time in a municipal election in Canada, rank their ballots. 47 per cent of voters ranked three candidates; 22 per cent ranked two candidates; and 31 per cent just ranked one candidate. That means that while one-third of voters rejected the idea of ranking their ballot, the other two-thirds didn't.

Londoners part of nationwide survey of voter behaviour
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march 2019 by copystar
LFP LONGFORM: An anatomy of London’s ranked ballot election results | The London Free Press
Just shy of 70 per cent of those who voted for a new mayor ranked more than one candidate on their ballot in the departure from traditional just-pick-one voting, with the largest proportion of those voting for mayor – more than 46 per cent – using all three of their choices for mayor at the ballot box.

Thirty per cent eschewed preferential voting, picking only one mayoral candidate, and a small portion – about one per cent – spoiled their ballot by voting for too many people.

The better than two-to-one split between voters who ranked their choices, compared to those who didn’t, suggests a positive first venture into a preferential voting system at the municipal level, said Aaron Moore, a political scientist at the University of Winnipeg who’s studied electoral reform and ranked-choice voting.

“I think that means the majority of voters embraced the system. They understood it,” he said. “Even if your preferred candidate didn’t win, at least you had an opportunity to make a selection for others.”

So what does that mean for London’s guinea-pig status as the first Canadian city to adopt ranked ballots?
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january 2019 by copystar
Ranked voting 'not rocket science' | The Kingston Whig-Standard
In the face of a 2018 municipal referendum that could result in a ranked ballot voting system over the traditional first-past-the-post method, one expert says the former isn't as complicated as it may be portrayed.

"This is not rocket science. [Ranked voting] is part of the way we think about many things in life," Johnathan Rose, associated professor of political science at Queen's University and former academic director of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, said on Thursday afternoon.
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Welland violated Municipal Act: Ombudsman | Welland Tribune
It said the mayor suggested the vote was not secret, as each councillor’s name was written on their ballot. But, it added, the ballots were tallied in secret, though councillors could have asked for the results to be read aloud.

Dube found council voted by secret ballot and said that violated the city’s procedural bylaw and Ontario Municipal Act. Under the act, ballot and secret votes are prohibited and considered of no effect.

“Consideration of whether council’s vote by ballot during the closed session was of no force or effect is outside the scope of my role as closed-meeting investigator, and council did confirm its choice of councillor in open session. Under the circumstances, I am not making a specific finding relating to this issue,” he wrote in the report.

He also said the selection of a replacement councillor should not have taken place in closed session under the personal matters exception of law, as no personal information about the proposed candidates was discussed.
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december 2017 by copystar
Political opportunity structures and the representation of women and visible minorities in municipal elections
According to the most recent available Canadian data, for instance, a mere 26% of municipal councilors and just 18% of mayors across the country are women. Visible minorities are also dramatically under-represented at city hall: as of 2015, fewer than 7% of council seats across Canada's largest 50 cities were held by visible minorities, and only one, Calgary, has ever elected a mayor with a visible minority background (EQUAL VOICE, 2014 ; FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES, 2013). At best, governments that lack diversity invite questions of legitimacy, and at worst, the policies they implement may fail to reflect or benefit from the full range of opinions and experiences within the electorate (Lenard and Simeon, 2012).
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june 2017 by copystar
Ranked ballots not recommended for Windsor elections: city administration
Ranked Ballots for @CityWindsorON is worth the investment @ourwindsoron
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