Ontario moves to axe ranked ballots from municipal elections

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/ontario-moves-to-axe-ranked-ballots-from-municipal-elections-1.5770209

The Ontario government is looking to scrap the option allowing municipalities to use ranked ballots during civic elections. A new bill released by the Conservative government on Tuesday focuses on liability protection for workers and businesses against COVID-19 exposure-related lawsuits. It includes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, which would remove the ranked ballot options for municipal council elections, if passed. “Our government is maintaining predictability, and consistency to municipal elections, while better respecting taxpayers’ dollars,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing wrote in an email to CBC News. “Now is not the time for municipalities to experiment with costly changes to how municipal elections are conducted.”