Open Houses to Explain Ranked Ballot Voting Prior to Referendum

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RELEASE — What is Ranked Ballot Voting and why is Kingston having a referendum to decide on it? Get detailed answers to those questions at a number open houses to be held in different parts of the city Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20.

The 2018 municipal election ballot will include a yes/no question about whether residents want to use a Ranked Ballot Voting system to elect the mayor and district councillors in future municipal elections.

“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,” says John Bolognone, city clerk and returning officer.


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Right now, residents use a first past the post approach to elect local officials: the candidate with the most votes wins. A Ranked Ballot Voting system would allow residents to rank mayoral and district candidates in order of preference.

Find out more about how ranked ballots determine who is elected at one of these open houses:

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018:

  • 2 to 4 p.m. at Calvin Park Library, 88 Wright Cres.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. at Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, 2nd floor library, 529 St. Martha St.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018:

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

An education campaign on Ranked Ballot Voting will continue until the 2018 municipal election on Monday, Oct. 22.

For more information on Ranked Ballot Voting, see: CityofKingston.ca/RankedVoting.


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