On September 16, history was made in Ontario! That's the day the Government of Ontario officially passed the regulations that make it possible for any one of the province's 444 municipalities to switch from our broken first-past-the-post voting system to using a ranked ballot.
Now the question is, which city will be the first to take the plunge?
Currently, there are municipal ranked ballot campaigns in London, Ottawa, Whitby, Windsor, Guelph, Barrie, Kingston, Hamilton, and Sudbury. More are springing up all the time.
All of these campaigns are working together in support of a shared vision, but we still want Toronto to win the race to be the first Canadian city in living memory to achieve real voting reform!
In the days, weeks, and months to come, we’ll be stepping up our work at City Hall in an attempt to ensure that Toronto continues to lead on ranked ballots. To be successful, we need your help.
What can you do to help? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. One of the most important things you can do is to sign our new petition asking Toronto City Council to introduce a ranked ballot voting system as soon as possible. We need to demonstrate strong popular support to show City Council just how important this issue is! Sign our petition here.
2. We need your help to expand our movement. Share rabit.ca on Facebook and Twitter, forward this email to friends and family members, and ask them to sign our petition and sign up for our newsletter. The more support we have, the quicker City Council will be convinced this is a good idea.
3. Finally, you can also help by contributing to the cause. If you can, please join us by volunteering. If you aren’t able to volunteer, a financial contribution would also be a great help. $50, $20, $5 - it all helps.
These are exciting times for local democracy.
Thanks so much for your help in getting us here!
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