The midnight membership deadline marks a new stage in conservative leadership racing.

Candidates need to secure members for supporters to vote for the next Conservative leader’s election to replace Erin O’Toole until midnight.

The deadline is a major milestone in the campaign and the beginning of a new phase of the race.

The party’s leader election organizing committee said at the end of last month that it had already broken records of how many new members the candidate had drawn in before the June 3 deadline.

“We have about 270,000 members in the last two leadership races, of which only about 60 percent have voted,” said Melanie Paradis, a veteran conservative activist who remains neutral in the race. rice field.

“I’ve heard from party sources that that number will now exceed 400,000, which means that there are probably 250,000 updates and 150,000 new members.”

Leadership candidates have spent the past few months encouraging voters to sign up for voting. During the last few days before the deadline, they have been desperately trying to get as many supporters as possible into the voting pool.

However, not all memberships are created equally, at least for the final vote. Each ride is worth a certain point, so candidates had to be strategic about where they would grow their base.

“Get your membership so you can vote to regain control of your life,” said Pierre Poirievre’s campaign for people who have signed up for his mailing list but not yet for party membership. Said by email. “It’s too late after Friday, so buy your membership now.”

Patrick Brown told supporters Thursday that he had already achieved his membership goals, but still asked people on his mailing list to make sure their friends and family had signed up to vote. Prompted.

“I encourage you to forward this email to five people you know (preferably more!) … Encourage you to get a Conservative membership to support my leadership campaign,” Brown said. The campaign was written to people on his mailing list.

The names of Poilievre, Brown, Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber are all included in the fall-ranked ballots.

Once they have registered all the supporters who can attend the party and their membership has been processed and verified, the camp will pay attention to canceling the vote and persuade the supporters of the opponent to switch loyalty. will do. Put their name second on the ballot.

Due to the ranked voting system, voters’ second choice can play a major role in determining the next leader.

That ensured Erin O’Toole’s victory in the final leadership race with ballot support from voters in Lewis and Derek Sloan.

Between the ranked ballots and the point system used on the voting day, it can be difficult to know who is ahead of the race.

“Algorithms are wild, which is why it’s so difficult to predict our leadership,” Paradis said.

She expects the camp to vote for potential voters on key issues once the final voter list is released (which can take several weeks). The results can inform voters of the type of promise they see on the final day of the race when candidates try to get supporters to change camps.

The new leader will be nominated in Ottawa on September 10th.

Laura Ottoman

Canadian press


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