Open Houses to Explain Ranked Voting

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A number of open houses will held around Kingston next Wednesday and Thursday (Jan 10 and 11) to discuss Ranked Ballot Voting and why Kingston is having a referendum to decide on it.

A “yes/no” question is being added to the 2018 municipal election ballot, so residents can vote on introducing a Ranked Ballot Voting system to elect the mayor and district councillors in future municipal elections.

Local voters currently use a first past the post approach to elect officials – meaning the candidate with the most votes wins. Instituting a Ranked Ballot Voting system would enable residents to rank mayoral and district candidates in order of preference.

“It’s important that voters understand how Ranked Ballot Voting works because their answers to the municipal referendum question will determine how they elect mayor and council going forward,” City Clerk John Bolognone said in a release.

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The public is invited to learn more about how ranked ballots determine elections at one of the following open houses:

Wednesday, Jan. 10

• 2 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
• 6 to 8 p.m. at Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, 529 St. Martha St.

Thursday, Jan. 11

• 2 to 4 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.
• 6 to 8 p.m. Glenburnie Fire Hall, 1485 Unity Rd.

These open houses begin the city’s education campaign on Ranked Ballot Voting that continues until the 2018 municipal election is held on Monday, October 22.

More information on Ranked Ballot Voting can be found at

Photo: Andreas Breitling (cc)