May 10, 2017

First Canadian city adopts ranked choice voting

IVN - More diversity. More choice. More civility. Those were just a few of the reasons touted by city councilors in London, Ontario, last week when the Canadian city made history as the nation’s first to adopt ranked-choice voting for municipal elections.

Starting in 2018, London will scrap its “first past the post” system – which boosts incumbents and can elect candidates without majority support – and allow voters to name their top three choices for city office.

London councilor Maureen Cassidy backed the plan, which won by a resounding 10-4 vote. She believes it will make more voters feel like their voice matters, and encourage more women and minorities to run for office.

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