City Clerk to deliver a report on 2022 municipal options

council 100x100By Staff

August 6th, 2020



While not quite at the half way point for this term office – council wants to look at what might be better next time you decide who you want to lead the city

Meed ward election night 1

Will this scene be repeated in October of 2022

Burlington really took to on-line voting and the Mayor was very keen on ranked balloting.

At next Thursday’s Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability (CSSRA) Committee meeting, staff from the clerks department will be bringing forward a report on voting options for the 2022 municipal election and ranked ballots.

This report is looking to get direction from Council to inform the RFP process to obtain a vote tabulation system for the 2022 municipal election.

In November 2016, staff committed to provide an overview of ranked ballot activities that occurred during the 2018 Ontario municipal election, the summary contained in the report is said to satisfy that commitment. Staff will also be seeking direction on ranked ballots, as there is a legislated public consultation process with a deadline of May 1, 2021.

The Staff recommendation is to:

Direct the City Clerk to prepare and issue a request for proposals for a vote tabulation system for the 2022 municipal election, and any by-elections leading up to 2026, with an option to extend for the 2026 municipal election accordingly, with the following vote options:

a) optical scan tabulators for in person advance voting and on election day;

b) internet voting for advance voting opportunities only; and

Direct the City Clerk to consult with members of Council, and the public with respect to the municipal elections and any potential policies or enhancements to be considered when preparing for the 2022 City of Burlington election and report back to a future Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk & Accountability Committee meeting with a summary and potential policy options.

One can only wonder how many of the seven members of Council will run again and if  they choose to will there be new candidates seeking their seat ?


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