"I would like to see Ranked Ballot elections adopted in Hamilton. Offering an opportunity for one's voice to be heard even if their 1st choice candidate fails to win may make the process of casting a ballot more appealing, resulting in a reduction of voter apathy.
Due to the fact that many eligible citizens abstain from the electoral process altogether, it is important that decision-makers consider all reasonable measures to ensure public confidence through participation remains part of our social framework. Ranked ballots are one simple step in the right direction."
"I want ranked ballots in Hamilton's next municipal election because ranked ballot elections ensure that the candidate with the majority (above 50%) of voter support wins.
Using a ranked ballot method of voting will also ensure that my voice will be heard even if I don't support one of the elections' front runners and I will no longer have to base my decision on the strategic choice against the candidate I don't want to win.
In future municipal elections, we should have a system that represents the majority of voters - this is possible if we implement ranked ballot voting in Hamilton."
"Our current first past the post system, at all levels of government, is not ideal and results in elected officials who often times have only the support and votes of a minority of constituents. At the municipal level, ranked balloting makes the most sense for Hamilton. It would require candidates to gain wider approval, and would ensure more votes actually go towards electing someone."
"In my view, the ranked ballot process is far more fair to all participating candidates and encourages the candidates to come forward with a more honest and authentic campaign. From this, more broad and inclusive collective conversations can follow on key issues that are important to the health and well-being of our communities."
“After hearing from countless residents and hosting a series of town halls, on electoral reform in 2016. It is clear that there is an appetite for a fairer democracy. I have actively supported electoral reform in committee. Ranked balloting would make every vote count and promote a more vibrant democracy in Hamilton.”
City Councillor - Ward 3
"Ranked ballot voting in municipal elections proposes an interesting shift in consciousness that can certainly benefit us all.
If there are seven candidates running in my municipal ward, and if I have to rank all seven of them on the ballot, I'm going to take the time to get to know each of them and their policies, platforms, and even core values closely in order to make my decision more accurate.
This means that as a voter, I may become aware of differing points of view and where they orient from, or even aware of issues that one candidate is focusing on that other candidates may not.
Now I'm voting with my critical thinking skills (hopefully) rather than only with popularity preference.
Based on this understanding, I say, let's give ranked balllot voting a try in Ontario municipal elections."
Ute Schmid Jones
"I encourage ranked ballots in the next Hamilton Election (2018) because it is vital that we evolve our political processes. We have been using a First-past-the-post system for a few hundred years. How much have we, as a population changed in that time? Beginning with the use of ranked ballots, we show our willingness to adapt our processes with the evolution of our society and its population. In order to stay as representative of the population as possible, we have to adapt our processes. Using ranked ballots in the next election will begin this process of positive change.
Another reason why I support ranked ballots is that it discourages negative campaigning. As a graduate of Political Theory, I have often thought of running for election, but have been deeply discouraged by negative campaigning, especially in regards to women. The ranked ballots system discourages negative campaigning because canditates will want to appeal to those who support their opponents in order to secure 2nd or 3rd choice on their ballot. They are less likely to achieve that if they are putting down the character of a constituents first choice candidate. This seemingly small component of ranked ballots would change the face of politics. It would seem less like a high school yard, and more like inspirational speakers, promoting what they believe in. Now, that is the kind of politics I am interested in being a part of. I believe that many more women would feel free to participate and run for elections provided this change."