It’s been a week since the province announced municipalities would have the option of “ranked balloting” in the next election and Hamilton politicians have voted to study the idea.
“Ranked balloting” gives voters a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.
If a candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the first place votes, that person wins the election. Otherwise, a progress begins in which the person with the fewest first place votes is eliminated, second place choices are divided up among the remaining candidates and so on until there is a majority winner.
Council has until next May to decide if it wants to make the switch.
Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla looks forward to the debate saying it’s worth looking at, if it can lead to higher voter turnout.
Councillor Terry Whitehead questions why, if it’s such a good idea, the province isn’t suggesting ranked ballots for itself.