Joshua Yearsley: Ranked-choice = more voice

  • A summary of Ballot Question 2, known as a “Ranked Choice Voting” law, in the Nov. 3, 2020, Massachusetts election is displayed in a handbook provided to voters by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Sept. 23, in Marlborough, Mass.   AP Photo/Bill Sikes

Published: 10/19/2020 1:20:15 PM

I’m voting “yes” on Question 2, and I hope you’ll do the same. Here are two reasons why: Ranked-choice voting is simple. Just choose who you want to win the most, then second-most, and so on.

If you’ve ever ranked Star Wars movies or fantasy football draft picks, you already know how this works. There’s no need to rank everyone on the ballot, just whoever you feel strongly about. And if you don’t want to rank anybody at all, don’t! Just pick the candidate you like best, exactly like you do in the system we have now. Ranked-choice voting doesn’t get rid of anything — it just gives you more tools to use to express yourself. Ranked-choice voting gives you more choice.

If you’ve ever felt trapped between two candidates you dislike and ended up voting for the lesser of two evils, then ranked-choice voting is the way out. Our toxic political culture stems from the fact that we cannot vote our conscience, express our values and build a fully representative democracy. When no one truly represents us, it’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed by cynicism and distrust.

Our current voting system privileges politicians who have the backing of a major party, the momentum of incumbency and a war chest packed with money. What this leaves out are the people who have truly new ideas — the fresh blood that keeps our body politic alive. If you want more voice and more choice in the elections to come, please vote “yes” on Question 2.




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