How It Works:
- There are 19 electoral districts, each of which elect only one candidate.
How You Vote:
- You rank the candidates in your district by preference.
- The candidate with a majority of votes wins.
What If There Is No Majority Winner:
- If no candidate receives a majority of first-rank votes after the first round of voting, the candidate with the lowest number of first-rank votes is eliminated.
- The second-rank votes from the eliminated candidate are allocated to the remaining candidates.
- This continues until a candidate receives a majority of votes.
What Should I Consider:
- Electoral districts have direct, local representation - the candidates they vote for live in their district.
- Candidates ultimately win a majority of votes, however, a candidate could win without the highest number of 1st-choice votes, meaning that candidates and parties may disproportionately represent the desires of their constituency.
- Example: After the first round of voting, Candidate A has 250 votes, Candidate B has 400 votes, and Candidate C has 350 votes.
- Candidate A is eliminated and the 2nd-choice votes are allocated to candidates B and C.
- After the second round, Candidate B has 450 votes and Candidate C has 550 votes.
- Candidate C wins with a majority of votes, but not a majority of first-choice votes.
For more information on the electoral system options for Yukon, please see the report prepared by Keith Archer.
- Options for Yukon's Electoral System, Report prepared by Keith Archer, Committee Researcher (October 31, 2021)