July 29, 2020
Supporters of Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts have announced honorary campaign co-chairmen that include two former governors, a former lieutenant governor, a former U.S. Treasury secretary, a sports team owner, the current president of the Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and a Harvard professor.
The ballot question, if approved by voters in November 2020, would change the way votes are counted in Massachusetts. Voters would be allowed not only a vote for one candidate, as now, but also lower selections that may come into play if no candidate gets a majority of votes.
Maine has such a system now, and it can result in the person getting the highest number of votes not winning the election, as happened in the Second Congressional District in Maine in 2018. That’s because the lower selections of voters who voted for bottom-finishing candidates are awarded as votes in a subsequent round, until one candidate is…