Globe says ranked choice ensures majority outcomes, broadens the field of candidates, eliminates the “spoiler effect” and would improve tone of political campaign. Massachusetts ballot questions: The Boston Globe endorses Yes on 2.
For Immediate Release
Boston, Mass. – October 11, 2020 –
The Boston Globe endorsed Yes on 2 in an editorial out this morning that says ranked choice voting would “make our government far more representative of the will of the people.”
From today’s editorial, published in the Boston Globe’s opinion section:
“It’s the linchpin of any functioning democracy: Citizens choose their leaders. But too often in this country, the will of constituents is thwarted, and we elect officials who don’t have the support of a majority of voters. Massachusetts voters can strike an important blow for majority rule by voting yes on Question 2 in November and moving to ranked-choice voting for a number of state and federal elections.”
“The process would encourage a broader field of qualified candidates — including independent and third-party candidates — to run for office without fear of a “spoiler” effect. And it would mean voters could cast ballots for candidates they truly favor rather than voting for a candidate they don’t much like in order to thwart an undesired outcome.”
“Ranked-choice voting could also change the nature of campaigning for the better. Because candidates would be hunting for second- and third-choice votes, they would seek broad support from the electorate rather than target only specific demographics that might offer the strongest support.”
To view the Yes on 2 Honorary Co-chairs and Advisory Board, click here.
To find a list of organizations, academic scholars, state/local leaders and national leaders who support Yes on 2, click here.
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About the Yes on 2 Campaign
Yes On 2 is a citizen-led, nonpartisan campaign to adopt Ranked Choice Voting for Massachusetts elections starting in 2022. Ranked Choice Voting is a common-sense reform that gives voters more voice, more choice, more power and more freedom. It will strengthen our democracy by ensuring our leaders are supported by the broadest majority of voters and reflect the true will of the people.