Amherst adopts Ranked Choice Voting for local elections

History in the Making! On March 27th, 2018 the town of Amherst became the second community in Massachusetts (after Cambridge) to adopt ranked choice voting (RCV) to elect its town officials. The main issue on the ballot was a new charter that would replace Amherst’s 240-member representative town meeting and 5-member select board with a 13-member town council. However, voters on both sides of the heated debate supported the use of ranked choice voting, and it was a unanimous decision of the charter commission to include it in the proposal. Continue reading

Women and RCV: Run, Reform, Represent

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in 2018, Voter Choice Massachusetts would like to recognize the women, especially in our state, who are stepping up to serve their communities by running for public office. Thanks to the initiative of these individual leaders and those who have supported them, women have made steady progress in representation in the United States Congress, averaging about 1-2% increase in representation with every election since obtaining the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Continue reading

Honoring Ted Berry, Civil Rights Leader and RCV Advocate

As Black History Month draws to a close, we would like to honor the memory and legacy of Ted Berry. Theodore “Ted” Berry of Cincinnati, Ohio lived a fascinating life dedicated to civil rights, racial equality, and public service. He served as a high official in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and then in 1972 he went on to become the first African-American mayor of Cincinnati. Ted Berry’s amazing story is chronicled in his New York Times obituary. (It is a must-read!) Ted Berry was also a longtime advocate of Ranked Choice Voting, addressing FairVote’s founding conference in 1992 as the opening speaker, while he was in his eighties. Continue reading

We're Hiring Grassroots Organizers

Help reform our democracy in this troubled political climate! Voter Choice Massachusetts seeks a Grassroots Organizer to work on the front lines of a transformative campaign to upgrade our voting system to ranked choice voting for local, state, and federal elections. The Organizer will work under the direction of our volunteer movement leaders and learn first-hand what it takes to win a statewide democracy reform campaign. Continue reading

Ranked choice voting supporters pack the state house bill hearing

On Thursday, October 12th, 2017, about 50 Voter Choice members packed the state house hearing room to stand and testify in support of three ranked choice voting bills, including H.2897, the RCV Local Option Bill. The Lowell Sun provides an excellent breaking news report. Continue reading

BREAKING: State House Hearing on RCV Bills H.2897, H.377 & S.380

Our next big opportunity to advance Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts is coming up this Thursday at 1:30 PM on Beacon Street in Boston, as House Bills H.2897 & H.377 and Senate Bill S.380 will be coming up for their hearings! We invite you to join us in the legislative chambers to show your support! Click here to RSVP on our calendar. Continue reading

Voter Choice MA makes history at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention

On June 3rd, 2017, we achieved a milestone. We inspired a majority of the 4,500 delegates to vote YES on a proposal to put ranked choice voting into the official platform of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Continue reading

First Beer Election in Mass

Voter Choice Massachusetts hosted our first-ever beer election on Monday, April 10th, 2017. Who new that craft beer could be such an effective learning tool? Continue reading

Western Mass Kickoff Meeting

Are you new to the ranked-choice voting movement? Or experienced, but want to get back in the game? Voter Choice MA will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday, January 26th from 6:30-8:30 PM to network our Western Mass volunteers together. Continue reading

End of 2016 Recap

We've got an unprecedented shot at winning Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts. We proved that voters are ready for it in Maine and Benton County, Oregon. Disillusionment with the current system is at an all-time high. Grassroots activists are coming out in droves to our meetings and are fired up to make this happen. But we still need your active support to keep up our momentum. Continue reading