About Ranked Choice Voting

Voter Choice for Massachusetts is a campaign to place a question on the 2020 ballot that would bring Ranked Choice Voting to Massachusetts elections starting in 2022.

What is Ranked Choice Voting?

Ranked Choice Voting is a commonsense change that would give voters the choice to rank candidates for office in the order they prefer them. This simple change will give Massachusetts voters a stronger voice when we cast our ballots, and guarantee that our elected leaders are supported by a true majority.

Ranked Choice Voting will give voters more choice in our elections by letting them pick who they like best, without worrying about “spoilers” if they don’t choose a front-runner. It will open up the process to more candidates from outside the system, by giving all candidates a chance to compete and win. This promotes diversity of political viewpoints and creates more opportunities for women and people of color to run for office.

Ranked Choice Voting is an important step to empower and re-energize Massachusetts voters at a critical time in our democracy.

How does Ranked Choice Voting work?

With Ranked Choice Voting, voters still only cast one ballot, but when there are three or more candidates for an office, voters are given the option to rank candidates on their ballot in the order they prefer them: first, second, third, etc. If one candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes on Election Night, that candidate wins.

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.

What does the ballot question do?

The Ranked Choice Voting ballot question simply provides voters with the option to rank candidates in the order they prefer them. Voters could rank as many or as few candidates as they want, or could choose just one candidate, like they do now.

The ballot question would give voters the option to rank candidates in state-run elections starting in 2022, including statewide Massachusetts elections (like Governor and Attorney General), local legislative offices (State Senate and State Representative), federal congressional offices (U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative), and county elections (like District Attorney and Sheriff).

The ballot question would not implement Ranked Choice Voting for presidential elections or local municipal elections, or for elections for county commissioner or regional district school committee member.

Where else is Ranked Choice Voting used?

A similar ballot question recently brought Ranked Choice Voting to Maine, where it was used successfully in the 2018 elections and will be used again next year. In addition, Ranked Choice Voting is used in some capacity in 25 states.

In Maine, Ranked Choice Voting is working the way it’s supposed to. In the first statewide election to use Ranked Choice Voting, almost 90% of voters who cast ballots ranked multiple candidates, and counting ballots went smoothly. In one close congressional race, Ranked Choice Voting ensured that the winner had the support of a majority of voters.

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More Voice, More Choice.

We need your help to give Massachusetts voters a stronger voice when we cast our ballots, and guarantee that our elected leaders are supported by a true majority.