Does the majority rule? In first-past-the-post elections politicians can win even if 90% of the voters don’t support them (imagine that eleven candidates run and 10 of them get 9% each). It’s not fair!
How would Bells Corners residents vote if a federal election were held today?
If voters RANKED their choices would the result be fairer?
Ottawa123.ca thinks so, and it looks like we may adopt this system for municipal elections.
Ranked ballots allow voters to choose multiple candidates, ranked in order of preference. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, according to these guys.
On election day all of the first choice votes are added up (just like we do with our current system). If someone wins 50% or more of the vote the election is over. However, if no one receives more than 50% the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated from the race.
Your vote is automatically transferred to your second choice. Again, the votes are counted and if someone has a majority, they are declared the winner. If not, another candidate is eliminated and it repeats until there is a majority winner.
The October municipal election in Bells Corners will be first-past-the-post. Are you okay with that?
Don Robertson is back! He wants the section of Centrepointe Drive near Mary Pitt Palace renamed Lloyd Francis Boulevard.
Great ice at Westcliffe rink yesterday!
Lots of skaters at Lynwood rink last night.