Josh Knox, Rebecca Downing, Libby Hernandez and Aaron Vega: Why ranked-choice voting would be good for Holyoke

Published: 9/13/2021 2:39:36 PM

Earlier this year, our city leaders petitioned the state Legislature to avoid holding a special election for mayor: a move that saved the city a good amount of hassle and expense.

Holyoke could save even more money, and make our elections more fair, by replacing our September preliminary and November general elections with a single ranked-choice voting election in November. Ranked-choice voting achieves more representative results than preliminaries, while saving us over $30,000 each election.

Under ranked-choice voting, if your favorite candidate can’t win, your vote transfers to your second choice, and so on, until someone achieves a majority and wins. This means voters only attend one high-turnout general election and candidates need a majority of voter support to be elected.

Both Easthampton and Amherst voters have adopted ranked-choice voting for their municipal elections, and it is used for political elections of some form or another in a majority of states. It’s time for Holyoke to adopt ranked-choice voting to save money and to give voters more voices, choices and reasons to turn out to vote in November.

Learn more on Facebook and join our growing list of supporters: Holyoke for Ranked Choice Voting

Josh Knox
Rebecca Downing
Libby Hernandez
Aaron Vega


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