Letter: Ranked choice voting would improve our democracy

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To the editor:

On this year's ballot, Massachusetts voters will see Question 2, which will determine whether ranked choice voting will be adopted statewide. Volunteers promoting RCV are currently finding that our challenge is not a significant number of people who oppose it — the vast majority of people who we speak with, including many elected officials, strongly favor it as soon as they understand what it is. Our greater challenge is that there is a large number of voters who don't yet know enough about it.

RCV is a simpler, better and fairer way to run elections, and it is a system that has already proven to be highly effective in numerous cities and towns across the U.S., as well as in numerous countries. It was voted for in NYC last year, and it was adopted statewide in Maine in 2016. Massachusetts will likely be the second state to vote for RCV statewide, and numerous other states are in various stages of organizing to adopt it.

Rather than try to spell out in this letter the benefits of RCV and the problems with our current election system that RCV effectively addresses, I am sharing a few educational resources that you can explore. Like the hundreds of people of all political persuasions who I have spoken with about RCV who enthusiastically support it, I am confident that most of you who take the time to familiarize yourself with its many important benefits will also choose to vote yes on Question 2.

On the Yes On 2 website, you will find comprehensive information and a short introductory video. Numerous educational videos are available on YouTube. Three good short ones are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6pC5IJirrY (four minutes), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z2fRPRkWvY (2 minutes), and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciO8f26d9Ac (8 minutes).

Having faith in our election system and knowing that our votes really matter is essential to a healthy and sustainable democracy. Like most other systems, our election system should be carefully evaluated and appropriately improved over time when necessary. It is way past time that our current, badly flawed election system is replaced with something much better. Please vote yes on Question 2 to help make this happen.

Andrew Bloom,

West Stockbridge



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