Toronto City Council Voting Record on Ranked Ballots

This chart shows the voting record of all current members of Toronto City Council when it comes to ranked ballots. As you can see, since 2010, there have been 7 votes involving ranked ballots that have been taken either at City Council or at one of it's committees. Also included is a column showing whether a current member of council took RaBIT's 2018 Candidate Pledge "to vote in favour of advancing ranked ballots" while they were campaigning ahead of the 2018 municipal election.

For simplicity's sake, we have coded all votes in favour of advancing ranked ballots as "Yes" votes and all votes against advancing ranked ballots as "No" votes. (This is necessary because in some cases the vote was on an anti-ranked ballot motion meaning that a "Yes" was actually against ranked ballots and a "No" was actually in favour of them.) 

Details for each vote, including a short description of what the vote was about, links to the official meeting minutes, and a record of the result of the vote can be found below the chart. (Given that many former members of council who are not listed in this chart participated in these votes, the chart itself does not show the overall result of the vote.)

We have checked and double-checked this chart to make sure there are no errors, but if you spot one, please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting info@rabit.ca. 

Councillor

Vote 1 (2010) Vote 2 (2013)

Vote 3 (2015)  

Vote 4 (2016) Vote 5 (2016) 2018 Candidate Pledge Vote 6 Vote 7
Michael Ford Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council No No Not on Committee No
Stephen Holyday Not on Council Not on Council No Not on Committee No No No No
Mark Grimes Yes No No Not on Committee No No Not on Committee No
Gord Perks No Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frances Nunziata Yes No No Not on Committee No No Not on Committee Yes
James Pasternak Not on Council Yes Yes No Absent No Not on Committee No
Anthony Perruzza Yes Yes No Not on Committee No No Not on Committee No
Mike Colle Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Yes Not on Committee No
Ana Bailão Not on Council Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent Yes
Joe Cressy Not on Council Not on Council Yes Not on Committee Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes
Mike Layton Not on Council Yes Absent Not on Committee Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes
Josh Matlow Not on Council Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes
Kristyn Wong-Tam Not on Council Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes
Paula Fletcher Absent Absent No Not on Committee Yes No Not on Committee Yes
Jaye Robinson Not on Council Yes No Absent Absent Yes Not on Committee Absent
Denzil Minnan-Wong Absent No No No No No Not on Committee No
Shelley Carroll No Yes Yes Not on Committee Absent Yes Yes Yes
John Filion Yes Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes
Brad Bradford Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Yes Not on Committee Yes
Gary Crawford Not on Council Yes No No No No No No
Michael Thompson No Absent No Absent No No Not on Committee No
Jim Karygiannis Not on Council Not on Council No Not on Committee No No Not on Committee No
Cynthia Lai Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council No Not on Committee No
Paul Ainslie Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes
Jennifer McKelvie Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Not on Council Yes Not on Committee Yes
John Tory Not on Council Not on Council Yes Absent Yes Yes Not on Committee Yes

 

Vote 1 was a vote taken at City Council on 26 August, 2010. This vote was on motion MM52.33 - Adopt the Item which directed the City Manager to research and report to the Executive Committee on alternate voting methods for elections, including ranked ballots. The motion passed with 30 members voting in favour of advancing ranked ballots, 12 against, and 3 members absent.

Vote 2 was a vote taken at City Council on 11 June, 2013. The vote was on motion GM22.15 - Wong-Tam - motion 4 which requested that the Ontario government amend the Municipal Elections Act to authorize  Toronto City Council to use ranked ballots and instant runoff voting in municipal elections. The motion passed with 26 members voting in favour of advancing ranked ballots, 15 against, and 4 members absent. 

Vote 3 was a vote taken at City Council on 1 October, 2015. The vote was on motion EX8.1 - Di Ciano - motion 6 which requested that the Government of Ontario not proceed with amendments to the Municipal Elections Act to provide for Ranked Choice Voting. The motion passed with 25 members voting against advancing ranked ballots, 18 members voting in favour, and 2 members absent.

Vote 4 was a vote taken at Executive Committee on 1 December, 2016. The vote was on motion EX20.5 Motion 1 which directed City staff to report on the viability of creating a randomly selected Citizens Reference Panel to explore the potential benefits and disadvantages of using ranked ballots in future municipal elections. The motion was defeated with 3 members voting in favour of advancing ranked ballots, 6 against, and 4 absent.

Vote 5 was a vote taken at City Council on 14 December, 2016. The vote was on motion EX20.5 - Ainslie - motion 1b which directed City staff to report on the viability of creating a randomly selected Citizens Reference Panel to explore the potential benefits and disadvantages of using ranked ballots in future municipal elections. The motion was defeated with 17 members voting in favour of advancing ranked ballots, 22 against, and 5 absent.

The 2018 Candidate Pledge was a commitment to voters that candidates in the 2018 Toronto election were asked by RaBIT to make. Candidates who took the pledge committed that "As a candidate in the 2018 Toronto election, I pledge that, if elected, I will support, advance, and vote in favour of those actions required for ranked ballots to be used in the 2022 Toronto elections." As of Election Day (22 October, 2018) 98 candidates took the Candidate Pledge. Moreover, 14 of these candidates (13 council candidates and 1 mayoral candidate) were elected.

Vote 6 was a vote taken at the Special Committee on Governance on 1 November, 2019. The vote was on Motion 1h which directed the City Manager and the City Clerk to report to the Executive Committee by the end of the second quarter of 2020 on steps needed to conduct the 2022 election for Mayor and Councillors by ranked ballot. The motion was defeated on a tie vote with 2 members voting in favour of advancing ranked ballots, 2 against, and 1 absent.

Vote 7 was a vote taken at City Council on 27 November, 2019. The vote was on motion GV5.1 - Carroll - motion 2a, as amended by which City Council initiated the process required to pass a by-law allowing for a ranked ballot election in 2022, including the preparation and provision of information and the organization of the legally required public consultations. The motion passed with 14 members voting in favour of advancing ranked ballots, 11 against, and 1 absent.