Secretary Bill Galvin and Congressman Jim McGovern endorse Ranked Choice Voting at the 2018 Democratic Convention

JUNE 2, 2018 -- Thirty-five Voter Choice Massachusetts volunteers conducted a wall-to-wall organizing campaign at this year's Democratic Convention, held on June 1st and 2nd in Worcester. We took the convention by storm, signing up 1,250 new supporters, including 91 new donors who gave on the spot, and over a dozen new endorsements from high-profile elected officials and candidates. Continue reading

Maine Voters Pass People's Veto to Protect Ranked Choice Voting!

WIN! Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 -- The exciting news out of Maine this morning has Ranked Choice Voting supporters across the nation celebrating after a historic victory. In a 55% to 45% "yes" vote, RCV remains the law of the land across Maine. That's more than DOUBLE the margin of victory as the original 2016 ballot measure had. Continue reading

Former "spoiler" Evan Falchuk joins Voter Choice Massachusetts

Today, I have big news. 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 partof a growing national movement to implement RCV across the country, particularly in light of a divisive presidential election in 2016. Continue reading

Count'em Up - Suffolk County DA Straw Poll

On April 9, 2018, the five candidates for Suffolk County District Attorney shared the stage at the English High School in Jamaica Plain to make their case to the voters. Voter Choice Massachusetts was invited to conduct a straw poll with Ranked Choice Voting to help voters navigate this crowded field and find out which of these candidates was able to consolidate a majority of attendees' support, which "pick one and pray" plurality voting -- the way we vote now -- routinely fails to do.  Continue reading

Count'em Up - Poll Results for MA CD3

Great participation in this "Rank’em Up" poll! Over 1200 people participated in this Ranked Choice Voting poll for the 2018 Massachusetts Congressional District 3 contest. 55% of participants ranked multiple candidates. Big thanks to all who voted, and a great debt to OpaVote for providing their fantastic, truly comprehensive polling application to allow us to conduct this poll using Ranked Choice Voting. Thank you to this exciting group of candidates for running! Continue reading

455 Republican Convention Attendees Sign Up for RCV!

Many of the GOP party faithful who gathered in Worcester Saturday April 28 were not yet familiar with Ranked Choice Voting. That sure changed quickly, as 18 VCMA volunteers worked the halls and our official table exhibit that day. Continue reading

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