Ranked ballots on their own do not provide proportional representation. Proportional elections are used all around the world and are the best way to ensure fair results; proponents for electoral reform have been advocating for proportional models at the provincial and federal levels for a long time.

However, at the municipal level in Toronto, we don’t have officially have political parties, so most models don’t apply, including any “list” system like Mixed Member Proportional.

RaBIT is not against proportional representation, however, ranked ballots are a smaller, easier-to-execute change that we can make quickly and soon. Once we have ranked ballots in place, we can look further down the road at other electoral reforms, if we want. For now, we believe this small change can have a big impact.