The voting mechanism for the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race is as follows:

Candidates, from left to right, Reslin Lewis, Roman Barber, Jean Charest, Scott Hisson, Patrick Brown, Pierre Poirievre, Conservative Party of Canada English Leadership on May 11, 2022 in Edmonton Discussion meeting. (Canada Press / Jeff Mackintosh)

The next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada will be appointed on September 10. Let’s see how the voting process works.

Mail ballot:

Party members with valid membership as of Friday can vote.

The new leader will be appointed at the Convention Center in downtown Ottawa in September, so we will receive the ballot by mail in late July or August, with a possible return deadline in early September. 10.10.

The Voting Protocol is decided by a conservative committee appointed to set rules for leadership races.

Ranked choices:

Unlike general elections, if only one voter can be selected, the Conservative Party will select a new leader through a preferential voting system.

In other words, there are so many candidates in the race that members rank the leader’s choices from 1 to 6.

The winner is selected when the candidate receives 50% or more of the points. If that doesn’t happen when the ballot is first counted, the candidate with the lowest number of points will be excluded. When the ballot is counted a second time, candidates listed as the second option will receive the votes of the excluded candidates.

Voting will continue in the round until the candidate earns at least 50% of the points. Therefore, the running member is listed not only as the member’s first choice, but also as the second and third choices.


The party’s membership base is divided into 338 constituencies, much like a country is divided into federal constituencies.

Points will be assigned to each of these districts. Last year, a change in the way Conservative leadership races were conducted stipulates that at least 100 members are required to fully allocate the 100-point limit for riding. In other words, candidates are encouraged to sell party members to supporters who live in areas with low membership.

According to party rules, candidates will be awarded total points according to the percentage of votes cast on each horse.

Stephanie Taylor

Canadian press


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