Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are the candidates?
Details on the PC Leadership candidates can be found here:
2. How do I vote?
In order to vote, members will be required to do the following:
- Members will receive a unique verification number in the mail.
- At this time members will be directed online to provide their unique verification number and verify their membership information currently on record.
- Once verified, members will be required to provide a photographed or scanned copy of identification documents in order to vote during the voting period (March 2 – March 8).
- A support hotline will be available during this period for those requiring assistance.
- Independent third-parties will be responsible for verifying membership eligibility, processing votes, and securely maintaining personal information.
3. How were these rules determined?
On January 31, 2018, the Ontario PC Party Executive and the Leadership Election Organization Committee met to determine the rules of the 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race.
Additional Guidelines will be provided to Party members and Leadership Candidates prior to the start of voter verification.
4. When do I have to become a member by in order to vote?
You must be a member by February 16th, 2018 in order to vote in the 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race.
Your membership application can be submitted in the following ways:
- Submitted in person to the Chief Electoral Officer at party headquarters by no later than 5:00 PM on February 9th, 2018
- Electronically through the Party’s online membership registration system by no later than 11:59 PM on February 16th, 2018
5. What is the voting period?
Voting will be conducted through secure remote electronic voting on March 2nd – 8th.
6. Why is the voting being conducted online?
Secure, remote, electronic voting offers a number benefits, including:
- Convenience and accessibility
- Increased voter turnout
- Elimination of long line-ups
- Elimination of mismarked or spoiled ballots and other invalid results
Our party membership stretches into every corner and community of our province, and we wanted to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
7. What kind of identification do I need to show in order to vote?
We will be providing Guidelines to Party members and Leadership Candidates prior to the start of voter verification.
8. When will I receive my unique verification number?
Personalized sealed letters containing unique verification numbers will be mailed to Ontario PC Party members beginning February 20th.
9. How are the votes counted?
The Leadership race is conducted through a modified one-member, one-vote system.
Voters will have the opportunity to rank their candidates in order of preference, but voters are not required to rank more than one candidate.
Ridings are awarded up to 100 electoral votes, which are divided up among candidates in proportion to their vote in the riding.
In cases where fewer than 100 members vote, the total electoral votes that the riding receives is equivalent to the total number of votes cast.
In order to win the Leadership, a candidate has to get more than 50 per cent of the electoral votes.
A candidate drops off the ballot if they place last or if they have fewer than 10 per cent of electoral votes.
10. Will people at the party be able to see who I voted for?
No. The voting and tabulating will be conducted electronically and will trace back to an individual voter.
11. Will my personal information be kept private and secure?
Yes. A third-party vendor will be responsible for securely maintaining personal information during the race.
Following the conclusion of the election, all copies of identification documents will be destroyed.
12. Will there be a Leadership convention?
The new Leader of the Ontario PC Party will be announced on March 10th at an official election event.
13. Will there be any Leadership debates?
There will be two leadership debates organized by the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC). The first date has been organized for February 15th. Additional details will be released shortly.
Want to help select the next leader of the Ontario PC Party?
Only current members who have signed up for a PC Party membership before February 16, 2018 are eligible to vote. That means there's still time to buy a membership and receive your secure pin number to cast a vote for leader. If you're a resident of Ontario, then you can be a PC Party member. Join us and help us pick our next leader and soon-to-be Premier of Ontario.