A proposed 2020 ballot measure in Massachusetts would bring Ranked Choice Voting to most Massachusetts primary and general elections starting in 2022.
Ranked Choice Voting is a commonsense change that would give voters the option to rank candidates for office in the order they prefer them. If no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and the votes they received count instantly towards the next choice on each voter’s ballot. That process repeats until a candidate receives a majority of the vote and wins.
Ranked Choice Voting gives voters a stronger voice and more choice when they cast their ballots, eliminates the “spoiler effect,” and helps guarantee that elected leaders are supported by a true majority.
Activists have until November 20 to collect 80,239 valid signatures from registered voters on their proposed legislative statute. Once they do, the measure will be referred to the state legislature, who can either adopt the measure, propose a substitute, or take no action. If the legislature doesn’t act by early May 2020, activists must collect an additional 13,374 signatures to place the measure on the November 2020 general election ballot.
Voter Choice Massachusetts is the organization leading the ballot measure effort. The organization is led by Mac D’Alessandro and supported by an advisory board that includes former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Nobel prize-winning economist Eric Maskin, and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter. Ranked Choice Voting has been endorsed by former Massachusetts Governors Deval Patrick and Bill Weld.
Supporters in Massachusetts can sign up to collect signatures, volunteer, host an event, and more by connecting with Voter Choice Massachusetts