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It was November 2016. The nation had experienced one of its most divisive presidential elections, and the state of Maine made history by passing the nation’s first statewide Ranked Choice Voting law. Inspired, entrepreneur Adam Friedman sent an email to 200 activists with an invitation to explore how we could advance Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts. Over 50 people gathered in his small office on 14 Beacon Street, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work. Two years later, Massachusetts is now home to the largest and most active statewide movement for Ranked Choice Voting in the nation -- over 30,000 supporters strong.

Jan 27, 2017  |  After valuable event canvassing, the VCMA supporter list quintiples in size and hits 1,000.

Apr 17, 2017  |  More live event canvassing triples our supporter list to 3,000. The Speakers Bureau training program is launched.

Jun 3, 2017  |  The Massachusetts Democratic Party endorses Ranked Choice Voting. At their 2017 state convention, a majority of 4,500 delegates vote RCV onto the party platform. To date, all but one state political party has endorsed RCV.

Jun 15, 2017  |  With the support of over 80 donors, VCMA funds a professional statewide poll on Ranked Choice Voting.

Oct 14, 2017  |  Legislation establishing Ranked Choice Voting, co-sponsored by 35 state senators and representatives, receives a hearing at the State House in Boston. The room is packed with over 50 supporters from every corner of the state, wearing Voter Choice shirts.

Jan 16, 2018  |  Voter Choice Massachusetts kicks off 2018 with 8,000 supporters on our list. A statewide meeting in Worcester draws over 70 activists from around the state, ready to buckle down and get to work.

Mar 19, 2018  |  Utah state legislature passes ranked choice voting local option bill with combined 89-3 vote in both chambers. Signed into law by Republican Governor Gary Herbert.

Mar 27, 2018  |  The town of Amherst, MA adopts ranked choice voting for local elections via public vote on a new town charter. Read more.

June 1, 2018  |  U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (CD-6) publicly announces his endorsement of ranked choice voting, saying: “If the Founding Fathers had understood ranked choice voting they would have put it in the Constitution. Unfortunately, they did not, so it is something we are trying to change. I am on the side of advocating for this change.” Watch the full video.

June 2, 2018  |  Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin announces his endorsement of ranked choice voting at the state Democratic convention. Later in June, he publicly tweets, “It’s time for MA to come together to implement ranked choice voting.”

June 9, 2018  |  The New York Times Editorial Board announces their endorsement of ranked choice voting.

June 12, 2018  |  Voters in Maine use ranked choice voting for federal and state offices in the statewide primary -- for the first time in U.S. history. On the same ballot, the People's Veto (Question 1) to preserve future use of ranked choice voting in primaries and federal elections passes by a doubly-wide margin as the original 2016 ballot question.

June 14, 2018  |  The Washington Post Editorial Board announces its endorsement of ranked choice voting. The Economist Editorial Board also announces its endorsement. Endorsements begin pouring in from countless national news outlets including Slate, The Atlantic, The American Interest, and many more.

July 11, 2018  |  U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (CD-2) issues statement of endorsement: “Too many people in our country think that their voice doesn’t matter and their vote doesn’t count – some are so frustrated with our current political climate that they don’t even bother voting. Massachusetts has always led the way forward with bold and innovative ideas, and ranked choice voting is an idea whose time has come. It would bring accountability and diversity to our elections and help us achieve a more civil, inclusive and democratic future.”

Aug 8, 2018  |  The Boston Globe announces its first of numerous endorsements of ranked choice voting for Massachusetts.

Sept 5, 2018  |  Following severe vote-splitting in the MA-3 Democratic primary, yielding a 21.6% plurality winner, The Boston Globe issues a second, more urgent call for implementing ranked choice voting statewide.

Sept 17, 2018  |  The New York Times reports on the movement surrounding ranked choice voting in Massachusetts.

Sept 19, 2018  |  National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers names Voter Choice Massachusetts as one of four projects (out of 65 total) in their list of Breakthrough Reform Projects. Our state’s effort to elevate ranked choice voting was selected by Honorary Co-Chairs Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter, and determined to be one of the most “shovel-ready” projects, with the greatest opportunity for immediate impact towards nationwide political reform.

Oct 17, 2018  |  Ranked choice voting is the featured cover story article in Boston Globe Magazine.

Oct 23, 2018  |  Official launch of legislative campaign “200 Coffees” following successful $10,000 fundraising effort.

Oct 25, 2018  |  Public debut of the original documentary, “The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting” by Somerville filmmaker Scotty Vercoe. Watch the trailer on Vimeo.

Nov 6, 2018  |  By a 2-to-1 margin, voters in the 1st Hampshire & 3rd Hampshire districts approve Question 5, a public policy ballot question instructing their members of the legislature to sponsor and advocate for bills in favor of ranked choice voting.

Nov 15, 2018  |  Maine’s Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, releases the final results of the nation’s first-ever ranked choice voting election for a federal office; the Representative seat for Maine Congressional District 2. The tabulation was broadcast live via the Secretary of State's Facebook page.

Jan 19  |  With over 1,200 new supporters joining our movement from four Women’s Marches across the Commonwealth, Voter Choice Massachusetts breaks its own single-day record for largest canvass yet.

Feb 1  |  A record 82 state legislators sign on as cosponsors of the RCV State & Federal Bill (S.414/H.719) and Local Option Bill (S.420/H.635). This 41% support in the first month of the session cements Massachusetts as the most promising state in America for the advancement of Ranked Choice Voting.

Feb 27  |  Voter Choice Massachusetts hosts its largest statewide meeting to date, drawing over 80+ enthusiastic Ranked Choice Voting supporters and volunteers, and raising more than $45,000 in a single evening.

Mar 11  | Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick makes a glowing public statement of endorsement: "Ranked Choice Voting is a great innovation to bring more citizens into civic life. It's just what democracy needs to stay fresh."

Mar 12  |  A landslide 62% of Fall River voters opted to recall their criminally-indicted mayor; however, he was re-elected by voters on the very same ballot. His four challengers split up so much of the majority that the incumbent mayor was able to win re-election with only 35% support, prompting a wave of national media attention, including a fourth pro-RCV editorial from The Boston Globe, plus many more from The New York Times, WGBH, Commonwealth MagazineWBSM, and Salon.

TODAY  |  The concept of ranked choice voting has broken into the mainstream, and is steadily becoming a household phrase. On the state and national level, it continues to see rapidly increasing support across all partisan and demographic lines.

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