A ‘yes’ vote on question 2, Ranked Choice Voting, would make candidates appeal to broader range of voters
Massachusetts voters have a unique opportunity to improve the way we vote, strengthen our democracy, and lead the country. By implementing Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), we can ensure that no candidate is elected with less than a majority (50%) of the vote. This is critically important, as we saw in the MA-04 Democratic primary in September. In that race, nine candidates vyed for the nomination and Jake Auchincloss won with a small minority of the vote - just 22.4%. Close to 80% of MA-04 voters don’t want him to represent them!
RCV would have allowed voters to rank the candidates from 1 through 9. If no one won a majority, the least popular candidate would have been dropped, and their voters' second choice would have gotten those votes. This would have continued until a candidate won a majority, as democracy demands.
RCV also leads to more positive campaigns, as candidates are motivated to appeal to a broad range of voters and not just their base. After all, they don’t just want to be top choice, it’s also important to be ranked second, and so on.
In the coming years, the MA-01 will likely be in a situation like the MA-04. With Ranked Choice Voting, we can ensure that whomever is elected to represent us will be doing so with a majority behind them. Please vote Yes On 2.
Matthew Pelletier, East Longmeadow
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