We’ll keep this message short: tomorrow is Voting Day and your vote could have a huge impact in an election where the difference between a government that will restore local choice, and one that won’t, could be decided in a handful of close ridings by a few dozen votes. So please, make your voice heard and help us win back the ability to use ranked ballots for municipal elections.
Candidate Pledge Campaign
We are extremely pleased to announce that our Candidate Pledge campaign has been a huge success: as of 31 May, 50 candidates from the Green Party, 40 candidates from the NDP, and 36 candidates from the Liberal Party have taken the pledge, as well as 2 independent candidates. Unfortunately, no candidates from the PC Party have yet done so.
In case you don’t know where the candidates in your riding stand, there is still time for you to consult our pledge tracker. We hope this information is helpful as you make your final decision on who to support tomorrow.
Whatever the outcome of the election, when Friday, 3 June dawns, RaBIT will still have plenty of work to do. That’s why we are already gearing up for the summer festival season. Our first festival appearance will be at the Do West Festival (formerly the Dundas West Festival) which runs from 3-5 June. RaBIT volunteers will be on-site on Saturday, 4 June and Sunday, 5 June, from 11am-6pm both days, so if you happen to be around, stop by our tent and say hello!
We will be attending a few other festivals this summer as well, so if you have any ideas for festivals we should be considering, or would like to volunteer to help at one of our appearances, please drop us a line at [email protected].
It has been truly awe-inspiring to see the positive reaction to ranked ballots from Ontario’s politicians during this election campaign. Not only did three of the four main parties commit to returning to municipalities the ability to use ranked ballots for their own elections (something that has never happened before), 127 individual candidates (and counting) have taken our candidate pledge.
Whatever the result tomorrow, given the support for ranked ballots that we have built over the past decade it’s clear that Toronto will have the option of using a ranked ballot for its municipal elections sooner rather than later. It’s just a matter of time. This has only been possible with your incredible support. So thank you.
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