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Five things to know about how the Con­ser­va­tives will choose a new leader

1. There are 14 names on the bal­lot - in­clud­ing Kevin O’Leary, who dropped out too late for his name to be re­moved. The party doesn’t ex­pect many mem­bers to still vote for him, but if they do those votes will still be counted.

2. Mem­bers must have mailed in their bal­lot by Fri­day, but they can vote in per­son on Satur­day ei­ther at the con­ven­tion lo­ca­tion or at one of the polling sta­tions be­ing set up across Canada.

3. There are 259,010 party mem­bers el­i­gi­ble to vote. But while it’s one vote per mem­ber, the win­ner isn’t cho­sen based on those to­tals. In­stead, each of the 338 fed­eral rid­ings in Canada are al­lo­cated 100 points. How many points each can­di­date gets is de­ter­mined by what per­cent­age of the vote they get in a given rid­ing. To win, a can­di­date will need 16,901 points.

4. It’s a ranked bal­lot. Party mem­bers can choose up to 10 peo­ple they’d like to see as leader, rank­ing them from first to last.

5. Sec­ond choices mat­ter. Ranked bal­lots are counted in rounds. If in the first round no can­di­date gets the ma­jor­ity, the per­son with the low­est num­ber of points is re­moved from the bal­lot. Those who voted for that per­son will then have their bal­lots counted again, with their sec­ond choice be­ing counted.

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