Ranked choice voting rewards candidates with broad appeal
By | October 9, 2020
As Americans, we are at our best when we are united. But these days, our politics are driving us further and further apart. It doesn’t have to be this way. On November 3, Republican, Democratic, and Independent voters in Massachusetts have a chance to send a message that we’ve had enough by voting YES on Question 2 – a non-partisan political reform to adopt Ranked Choice Voting starting in 2022.
Ranked-choice voting has been used in major democracies around the world for more than 100 years, in Southern states for military and overseas voters, and in nearly 20 cities across the country. Maine became the first state to use ranked choice voting for state and federal elections and will use it for the presidential election this November.
Ranked choice voting works because it rewards candidates who appeal to a majority of voters, not just to their base; eliminates the problem of “spoiler” candidates and vote-splitting; and will help restore functionality to our government. Under ranked choice voting, voters have more choice and more voice – you never have to worry that you are wasting your vote, and you won’t ever feel like you’re stuck choosing between the lesser of two evils.