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Special council meeting to consider referendum question on Ranked Ballot Voting

January 30, 2018 -

A special meeting of Kingston's city council is being held 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6 to consider placing a referendum question about Ranked Ballot Voting on the 2018 municipal election Ballot.

The referendum question being considered is:

Are you in favour of using Ranked Ballot Voting to elect the mayor and district councillors in the city of Kingston?  Yes. No.

"If the question is approved for placement, then Kingstonians voting in the October 2018 municipal election will indicate whether or not they are in favour of Ranked Ballot Voting in future elections," says John Bolognone, city clerk. If more than 50 per cent of eligible Kingston voters answer "yes" to this question on the municipal ballot, council may decide to use Ranked Ballot Voting in the 2022 election.

The City is now conducting an ongoing public awareness campaign – including open houses, a video and social media messages – to explain how Ranked Ballot Voting works.

Want to know more about Ranked Ballot Voting and why Kingston is considering holding a referendum on it?  Find more information and a video explaining Ranked Ballot Voting at


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