Learn about Ranked Ballot Voting at Open Houses

You can learn more about Ranked Ballot voting at several open houses this week.

It will be a referendum question on this year's municipal election ballot.

To find out how ranked ballots determine who is elected, just show up at Memorial Hall between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, or from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sir John A Public School.

"It's important that voters understand how Ranked Ballot Voting works because their answers to the municipal referendum question will determine how they elect mayor and council going forward," says John Bolognone, city clerk.

Two more open houses on the subject will be held on Thursday, January 11.

The first from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. will be held at the INVISTA Centre will another one scheduled to take place at the Glenburnie Fire Hall between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Kingstonians go to the polls on Monday, October 22.

Right now, residents use a first past the post approach to elect local officials, where essentially the candidate with the most votes wins.

A Ranked Ballot Voting system would allow residents to rank mayoral and district candidates in order of preference.

Click here for more information on the proposed new voting system.