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.