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Ontario Municipalities Now Have the Option to Use Ranked Ballots

Ontario Municipalities Now Have the Option to Use Ranked Ballots

On Tuesday, Ontario passed legislation that allows municipalities to used ranked ballots (more commonly known as "ranked choice voting" or "instant runoff voting" in the United States) for elections beginning in 2018. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin stated that policymakers "listened to the calls from voters to ensure that rules for municipal elections reflect the real and evolving needs of our communities." 

Over the past few years, several grassroots campaigns for ranked ballots have sprung up in municipalities across Ontario. Those campaigns are now one significant step closer to adopting ranked ballots at the local level. 

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