A new initiative looking to adopt a ranked ballot system to Toronto’s electoral system just got one step closer to approval at Queen’s Park on Thursday. Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter tabled a private member’s bill that would allow Toronto to adopt a ranked voting system – where voters rank candidates in order of preference – instead of the current “first-past-the post” system. Bill 166 passed second reading on Thursday afternoon and will now be sent to the legislature’s social policy committee for further study.
In a ranked balloting system, voters rank candidates in order of preference. If no one candidate receives an immediate majority during the first round of elections, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated from the race.
A second round of voting occurs and the voter’s second choice is automatically transferred to the remaining contenders. The process continues with subsequent rounds until a candidate gains more than 50 per cent of the vote.