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Ranked voting decision in Cambridge up to new council

Voter turnout was not high enough to make it binding even though 56 percent of voters said 'yes'
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Could the City of Cambridge see a ranked ballot system in the next municipal election?

According to the City Clerk, it's up to the new council.

Although 56 percent of voters said "yes" to the new system, the city only saw a 32 percent voter turnout, which is not enough to make the results binding.

City Clerk Michael Di Lullo tells Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS they are still in debrief mode and are looking to consult with the City of London, which was the first municipality to use the system in a Canadian Municipal election. 

"We would want to have the information provided to council sooner rather than later, and we would be looking at least one year prior to the next election for proper planning and oversight."

With more research on the system to be done, Di Lullo says one thing to keep in mind is that a ranked ballot system, "takes time, you won't have the results immediately, you just have to be patient and make sure that it is thorough when the counting takes place." 

It took 17 hours and 50 minutes after the polls closed for the City of London to have all their election results in. 

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