Why should Massachusetts adopt Ranked Choice Voting?

Majority rule. A democratic election result should reflect the majority opinion of voters. Under the current system, elections with three or more candidates can be won with less than a majority. Ranked Choice Voting would ensure that an election winner has support from a majority of voters.

More Voices, More Choices. Fear of "spoilers" taking votes away from front-runners or incumbents prevents many candidates from running, and discourages voters from supporting such candidates. This barrier limits the exchange of ideas during the campaign season, limits the choices voters have at the ballot box, and makes it harder for voters to hold politicians accountable.

True Preference. Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to express their true preference without having to make a tactical choice based on who they think is likely to win. It preserves the vote as a truly democratic expression.

Civil Debate. Candidates will want to win second choice votes from the supporters of other candidates. This rewards candidates with a positive message and deters candidates from smearing their opposition.

Save Time and Money. Holding two elections is much more expensive than one. Preliminary elections cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars and draw a tiny percentage of registered voters. They also require each voter to make an extra trip to the polls, which costs time and even money for those who have to take time off work to vote. Ranked Choice Voting has all the benefits of holding both a preliminary and general election, but streamlines the process into a single election.

Voter Turnout. Preliminary elections often have extremely low turnout. Low turnouts can cause unpredictable results that do not correspond to the will of the larger electorate. We can't make people vote at preliminary elections, but we can solve this problem altogether by using Ranked Choice Voting and eliminating the preliminary election.