May 8, 2019 at 11:26 pm #25912
Let’s talk about STV and ranked ballots and all that good stuff. I think it would be a great stepping stone for provincial and federal politics if municipal elections started using STV. Who controls what system municipal elections are run under? Do the municipalities get to decide themselves? Could we lobby our local Councillors to run their next election with STV?May 11, 2019 at 7:32 am #25941
I do not think they can in Alberta, because the Local Authorities Election Act states that only Xs can be used to mark a candidate. Cumulative voting or single non transferable voting should work though and would not be too bad.
But STV could be used to put councillors on committees and ranked ballots used to elect their chairs. It could also be used to elect a chief executive officer, usually called city manager, in the event that getting a majority does not work out, and same with other officials like the heads of departments or the directors on corporations which the city council has ownership rights and ergo the right to elect a number of directors with their shares. I would also suggest avoiding the centralization of power and personality that comes with mayors by having there be an additional councillor and the council just elects with a ranked ballot a mayor, read presiding officer, from among themselves. In Alberta, the vote on a mayor elected in this way is a secret ballot from among the councillors. There is also interestingly no legal requirement as to them being called mayors, and the councils can designate just about any title they want for this officer.May 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm #25955
In Alberta can you only mark an X? In the Vancouver Charter you can put any mark so long as it is the only mark on the ballot.
I think overall this rule is not a big barrier to STV as if a council wanted to bring in ranked ballots the laws could easily be rewritten. It think our trouble is more on convincing politicians that the results of an STV election are more fair, desirable, simple for voters, and will not jeopardize their ability to get reelected.June 5, 2019 at 1:38 pm #26053
jim in oakvilleParticipant
Single Transferable Vote favours the central party, the Liberals. That is what Trudeau wanted but the committee did not, goodbye committee!
Few Cons would vote NDP and vice versa as their second choice.June 5, 2019 at 5:09 pm #26056
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