Yes on 2 for a better future
Voting “Yes on 2” is an opportunity to improve our lives and those of our children. The quality of state and federal government, determined by elections, shapes our experiences in crucial ways from cradle, through school, into the workplace or marketspace, and onto
retirement. We need responsive and innovative government for society to address the issues we face.
Whatever you think of President Trump, the 2016 election and his
victory was a clear signal of the failure of our political system and elected representatives over preceding decades to adequately look out for the interests of most Americans. One small change to our elections -- using ranked choice voting (RCV) for marking and counting ballots -- is an easy solution for “amping up” competition among politicians to actually serve us. RCV works for all types of elections -- within parties during primaries and between parties and independents during
With RCV you still have only one vote, but you get to rank the
candidates in the order you like them -- 1st choice, 2nd, 3rd, etc… When your favorite lacks the support to win, your one vote still counts toward your next choice, rather than being wasted. We rank our
favorites all the time, at restaurants, picking movies, choosing
weekend activities...it’s incredibly easy and satisfying. Ranking your choices allows you to always support the person you like best without fear of helping the one you like least.
RCV solves the “spoiler problem” so that aspiring leaders with a wide range of ideas and experiences can run without being blamed for
ruining the election for “their side”. With RCV, even if you continue to just pick one person on your ballot, you get to enjoy fair and accurate outcomes, with no spoilers, resulting from other like-minded voters ranking their ballots.
RCV ensures that to win, someone must earn the support of the
majority of voters relative to the other choices -- unlike our current system, where people regularly win office with less than 25% voter support, as 2018’s 3rd Congressional election and 2020’s 4th
Congressional elections exemplified. RCV also strips unresponsive
incumbents of a major advantage -- new challengers splitting the
vote -- forcing elected officials and parties to listen and be accountable to the broad majority of everyday people. The RCV majority criterion
destroys the path to victory for polarizing figures that are strongly
disliked by more than half the population. In this sense ranked choice voting is even superior to term limits -- not only does it help “throw the bums out”, it helps prevent broadly undesirable politicians from being elected in the first place.
Elected representatives chosen from a fair and competitive process with abundant options is how we ensure our government is laser
focused on the common good rather than some special or bureaucratic interests. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to course correct our destiny. Learn about ranked choice voting at www.yeson2rcv.com. Vote “Yes on 2” this November so we can enjoy representation that truly works on our behalf and thrive.
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Vote No on Question 2 – Ranked Choice is No Choice
Massachusetts is being asked whether it wants to change its voting system. Financial supporters of ranked-choice voting are out-of-state millionaires who claim it makes the system more “fair,” even though our current one-person, one-vote system is easy to
understand and people have faith in it. With RCV, voters rank the list of candidates in order of preference. Sounds easy, but when
vetting just two leading candidates is a lot of work, imagine doing that for a half dozen or more? Aren’t campaigns supposed to “thin the herd” so the strongest two make it to the primary? RCV removes this step. I’m not comfortable having my vote reassigned. We are
already on high alert for voter fraud, and RCV won’t increase
transparency. Consider that a fourth-place candidate could WIN by reassigning votes. And if your candidates are eliminated, your ballot is eliminated as well.
Primary elections work. It’s far better to know who your final two candidates are so you can make a real decision. Lowell rejected RCV, the entire state of North Carolina repealed RCV. Please join me in voting No on Question 2. There are just more questions than answers.
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