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35.50 + 11.84 > 47.09 … sigh

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Ford wants to tear up streetcar tracks. I say, don't get rid of them, but whenever track is replaced, can't they move them to the curb lane? It would help traffic flow immensly.

Rob Ford: 47.09

George Smitherman: 35.50

Joe Pantalone: 11.84%

53.2% of eligible voters actually voted. Apparently this is a good voter turnout for a municipal election.

Not sure if this was just a coincidence, but Seth Godin’s blog post today is very timely:

“When attention is scarce and there are many choices, media costs something other than money. It costs interesting. If you are angry or remarkable or an outlier, you’re interesting, and your idea can spread. People who are dull and merely aligned with powerful interests have a harder time earning attention, because money isn’t sufficient.”

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Written by Tilak Dutta

October 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

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  1. Possibly…but why was the run off system not brought up when Mayor Miller was winning with only 43% in 2006? Or when he won with 27% as a councillor in 2000?

    Colin

    October 28, 2010 at 8:04 am

    • The runoff system is more democratic in my view in all cases. It would have been better to have had such a system in place in 2006 and 2000 as well.

      Tilak Dutta

      October 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

  2. You can’t assume all 11.84% of Joey Pants’ voters would have voted for Smitherman. Good chance at least 1% of that 11.84% would have gone the other way.

    Colin

    October 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    • You’re right. There’s no way to know for sure. But There’s also another 5.35% of the vote that went to the other 37 mayoral candidates. Add in Pantalone and you’re up to ~17%. I think there was a good chance that Smitherman would have picked up 12% of that remaining 17% we switched to the instant runoff system where candidates are ranked.

      Name Votes %
      ROB FORD 363113 47.09
      SMITHERMAN 273767 35.50
      JOE PANTALONE 91308 11.84
      ROCCO ROSSI 4734 0.61
      GEORGE BABULA 3088 0.40
      ROCCO ACHAMPONG 2685 0.34
      GHAZI 2620 0.33
      ALEXANDER 2331 0.30
      VIJAY SARMA 2069 0.26
      JAIME CASTILLO 1802 0.23
      SARAH THOMSON 1760 0.22
      DEWITT LEE 1593 0.20
      CAMPBELL 1356 0.17
      KEVIN CLARKE 1345 0.17
      JOSEPH PAMPENA 1273 0.16
      DAVID EPSTEIN 1135 0.14
      MICHAEL FLIE 1131 0.14
      MONOWAR HOSSAIN 1127 0.14
      DON ANDREWS 993 0.12
      WEIZHEN TANG 828 0.10
      KEITH COLE 768 0.09
      DANIEL WALKER 767 0.09
      BRAUSEWETTER 760 0.09
      CHARLENE COTTLE 711 0.09
      BARRY GOODHEAD 704 0.09
      STEINBERGER 702 0.09
      BALL 671 0.08
      JAMES DI FIORE 631 0.08
      DIANE DEVENYI 602 0.07
      JOHN LETONJA 565 0.07
      HIMY SYED 541 0.07
      CARMEN MACKLIN 535 0.06
      HOWARD GOMBERG 448 0.05
      DAVID VALLANCE 419 0.05
      MARK STATE 411 0.05
      PHIL TAYLOR 405 0.05
      SELWYN FIRTH 386 0.05
      COLIN MAGEE 372 0.04
      RATAN WADHWA 279 0.03
      GERALD DEROME 242 0.03

      Tilak Dutta

      October 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm


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