If the City of Windsor changed to a ranked ballot system for the 2018 Municipal Election, it would ensure majority support while encouraging a more diverse slate of candidates. It’s hoped that using Ranked Ballots would encourage voter turnout, which was at 46% in 2010 and 37.5% in 2014.
In the last municipal election in 2010, only 4 councillors won the support of more than 50% of their ward (Windsor Star).
In 2014, again, only four of the ten wards of the City of Windsor had candidates that had the confidence of over 50% of the electorate.
After both elections, there was only one woman sitting at the table as a Councillor. If the City of Windsor changed to Ranked Ballots in time for the 2018 Municipal Election, it would allow more women to enter Council races without fear of vote splitting.