STATEMENT: VCMA Takes First Step to Put Ranked Choice Voting on the 2020 Ballot

Voter Choice Massachusetts Takes First Step to Put Ranked Choice on the 2020 Ballot



Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Contact:Emily Fitzmaurice, Voter Choice Massachusetts, 617-812-4553


BOSTONVoter Choice Massachusetts, the non-partisan group advocating to bring Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to Massachusetts, filed language this week with the Attorney General’s office to put a question on the 2020 ballot that would adopt RCV for state and federal elections.

Below is a statement from Emily Fitzmaurice, Communications Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts, on the organization’s submission to the Attorney General:

"Bringing Ranked Choice Voting to Massachusetts is a commonsense way to re-energize and empower voters across the Commonwealth at this critical time in our democracy.

"This week, building upon the momentum we're seeing across the state, we submitted language to the Attorney General as the first step toward putting RCV before the voters in 2020.

"We look forward to building our campaign and continuing our work advocating for RCV as an important step to give voters more choices and a stronger voice at the ballot box and guarantee our elected leaders are supported by a true majority."



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  • Rick Sned
    I also have concerns and questions.
    1) Which officials specifically will be elected using RCV? For instance: city council, school board, mayor. If city council and school board, what is the mix of at-large officials vs. those that represent individual precincts?
    2) Are there any quotas for election as in Cambridge’s STV elections and if so what are they and what the formulas?
    3) What formulas and are used for transferring votes from one candidate to another?
    4) While I assume (for now) that all valid ballots cast will be counted, what percent of votes will not count towards a candidate, i.e., end up in the Exhausted pile as in Cambridge’s STV system?

  • Timothy S
    Which type of ranked-choice voting is this for? You should be trying to put STAR Voting on the ballot, not IRV. IRV is just FPTP in multiple rounds, and each round suffers from the same major problems as FPTP.

    In a crowded race, IRV eliminates candidates essentially at random, ignoring many voters’ preferences in the process. In real-world scenarios, it can actually elect the SECOND-WORST candidate, because vote-splitting between the best candidates got them all eliminated. STAR is a much better form of ranked-choice that fixes the spoiler effect and reduces the effects of vote-splitting.
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