Voting to learn more about ranked ballots

Toronto City Council's next meeting is scheduled for 26-27 November. At that meeting, the following motion will be presented:

City Council direct City Manager and the City Clerk to report to the Executive Committee by the end of Q2, 2020 on steps needed to conduct the 2022 election for Mayor and Councillors by ranked ballot, such report to include, but not be limited to:

  1. an update of previous reports focused on the use of ranked ballots by various municipalities, particularly in London, Ontario in 2018, as well as other comparable North American jurisdictions such as Minneapolis and San Francisco;
  2. public consultation and public education requirements of a successful transition to a ranked ballot system, including those contained in the Municipal Elections Act and associated MEA Regulations;
  3. technical aspects of transitioning to a ranked ballot system, such as compatible electronic tabulation technology and the technological solutions available to enable a cost effective implementation, such as renting technology from Elections Ontario;
  4. timelines and associated incremental costs required to implement a ranked ballot for the 2022 election.

The purpose of this motion is to provide Toronto City Council - and all Torontonians - with the information needed to make an informed decision on whether to adopt a ranked ballot voting system for the 2022 Toronto elections.

During the 2018 Toronto elections, a majority of city council pledged to implement ranked ballots for the 2022 election. Now, we are asking these members of council, as well as any others who did not take the RaBIT candidate pledge, to commit to voting in favour of the motion to learn more about ranked ballots at the council meeting on 26/27 November. The table below shows who took the pledge in 2018 and who has already committed to learning more about ranked ballots on 26/27 November.    

#

Ward

Member of Council

Took the 2018  Candidate Pledge

Committed to Vote to Learn More on 26/27 Nov

 

Mayor

John Tory

Yes

 

1

Etobicoke North

Councillor Michael Ford

 

 

2

Etobicoke Centre

Councillor Stephen Holyday

 

 

3

Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Councillor Mark Grimes

 

 

4

Parkdale-High Park

Councillor Gord Perks

Yes Yes

5

York South-Weston

Councillor Frances Nunziata

 

 

6

York Centre

Councillor James Pasternak

 

 

7

Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor Anthony Perruzza

 

 

8

Eglinton-Lawrence

Councillor Mike Colle

Yes

 

9

Davenport

Councillor Ana Bailão

Yes Yes

10

Spadina-Fort York

Councillor Joe Cressy

Yes Yes

11

University-Rosedale

Councillor Mike Layton

Yes Yes

12

Toronto-St. Paul’s

Councillor Josh Matlow

Yes Yes

13

Toronto Centre

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Yes Yes

14

Toronto-Danforth

Councillor Paula Fletcher

 

 

16

Don Valley East

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong

 

 

17

Don Valley North

Councillor Shelley Carroll

Yes Yes

18

Willowdale

Councillor John Filion

Yes Yes

19

Beaches-East York

Councillor Brad Bradford

Yes Yes

20

Scarborough Southwest

Councillor Gary Crawford

 

 

21

Scarborough Centre

Councillor Michael Thompson

 

 

22

Scarborough-Agincourt

Ward 22

 

 

23

Scarborough North

Councillor Cynthia Lai

 

 

24

Scarborough-Guildwood

Councillor Paul Ainslie

Yes Yes

25

Scarborough-Rouge Park

Councillor Jennifer McKelvie

Yes Yes