by Damin Starr
In response to the information report on ‘Ranked Ballot Elections’ recently presented to the General Issues Committee of Hamilton Council by Tony Fallis (Manager, Elections) and the motion by Councillor Green (seconded by Councillor Merulla) to support Ranked Balloting for the 2018 municipal election, we at 123Hamilton would like to express our sincere appreciation to the General Issues Committee for its consideration regarding ranked ballot municipal elections.
Related twitter posts from November 16, 2016... Councillor Green, Joey Coleman.
Since the Ontario government proposed its intent to compliment the Municipal Elections Act (authorizing ranked balloting as an option), our group, made up of local citizen volunteers has been working with ranked choice affiliates from across the province (123Ontaio and Unlock Democracy) to build the capacity needed to successfully advocate for this change. Although Councillor Green's motion was voted down (10 to 5 with one absent), we are encouraged by the support shown by Councillor(s) Green, Farr, Merulla, Skelly, and Mayor Eisenberger.
As we now set our sights beyond the next municipal election, 123Hamilton will focus its efforts on engaging, informing, and educating Hamilton voters about ranked balloting while building on existing discussions. We look forward to strengthening public engagement on this issue and expanding local support for improved democracy.
Hamilton councillors reject ranked ballot voting
November 16, 2016 by Matthew Van Dongen via The Spectator
Hamilton's debate on ranked balloting was a farce
November 17, 2016 by Andrew Dreschel via The Spectator
Hey City Councilors… It's Not About You !
November 18, 2016 by Bill Kelly via AM900CHML
The Spectator's View: City council says no to...
November 18, 2016 by Howard Elliott via Hamilton News
November 16, 2016 City Staff Information Report CL16013 Ranked Ballot Elections