As a former independent candidate for Governor here in Massachusetts, I am proud to announce that I am throwing my full support behind Ranked Choice Voting by joining the Advisory Board of Voter Choice Massachusetts.
Ranked Choice Voting is a game-changing upgrade to the way we vote. It's being adopted by an increasing number of state and local governments — including most recently in the state of Maine — as a way to make elections more competitive and more reflective of voters’ true preferences. Fellow VCMA Advisory Board members include State Treasurer Steve Grossman, business leader Diane Hessan, Nobel Laureate Eric Maskin, and government reform advocate Pam Wilmot. The Massachusetts effort is part
of a growing national movement to implement RCV across the country, particularly in light of a divisive presidential election in 2016.
With RCV, voters are free to rank each candidate on the ballot in order of their preference. Adopting this small change has numerous benefits:
- Eliminates the Fear of “Vote Splitting” and “Spoiler” Candidacies
- Discourages Negative Campaigning
- Promotes Diverse, Third-Party and Independent Candidates
- Mitigates the Impact of Money in Politics
- Promotes Majority Support
- Saves Money Spent on Primaries and/or Runoffs
- Promotes Reflective Representation
- Boosts Turnout
America’s outdated electoral system often forces voters to pick the lesser of two evils. Ranked Choice Voting ends that practice, makes elections more competitive, and gives voters more power than ever before. In 2014 when you voted for Governor, imagine if you'd had the option to rank all the candidates, instead of being forced to choose only one?
I'm giving my whole-hearted endorsement to Ranked Choice Voting, an essential reform to our democratic process. I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of independent and third party candidates being labeled as "spoilers." Ranked Choice Voting puts an end, once and for all, to the possibility of ‘spoilers’ and makes sure that no vote is ever wasted or thrown away.
The simple fact is that voters want more independent candidates. Our system by its very nature makes it hard for those candidates to run. This has to change. We need to give voters the power to vote for who they want. RCV does just that.
Here's How You Can Help
After Maine passed the nation's first statewide Ranked Choice Voting law in 2016, a team of brilliant reformers in Massachusetts have been working tirelessly to position us to win our own statewide ballot measure and maintain the national momentum for real change. In the current political climate, we need to take action now, before it's too late.
Voter Choice Massachusetts is relying on you, me, and thousands of others across the Commonwealth to carry on the fight for a better democracy. I've still got skin in this fight, and I hope you do too. I ask you to get involved and help fund this movement. Can you commit just $50, $25, or $10 per month to bring RCV to Massachusetts? Or could you make a generous one-time donation?
Thank you for standing with me when it is most needed.
Advisory Board Member
Voter Choice Massachusetts
ABOUT EVAN FALCHUK
Evan Falchuk is an accomplished healthcare and political entrepreneur and attorney, who believes passionately in causing trouble -- for good causes. Evan was formerly the President of Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc. Today he is the Chairman and CEO of VillagePlan, the industry pioneer in expert advocacy services for families caring for an aging loved one. In 2014, Evan was an independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, and founder of the former United Independent Party (UIP). Under his leadership the UIP led two major public campaigns calling for accountability and transparency to efforts to bring the 2024 Olympics and Grand Prix to Massachusetts.
ABOUT VOTER CHOICE MASSACHUSETTS
Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reforms that increase the range of choice on the ballot and produce fairer outcomes. Voter Choice MA advocates for the expanded use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which allows voters to rank the candidates on the ballot in order of preference. RCV would make Massachusetts elections more competitive and fair by encouraging the participation of more candidates and parties, and by ensuring outcomes that more accurately reflect the will of the voters.
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