Mass. GOP opposes ranked-choice voting
Party chair calls it ‘confusing and destructive system’
THE MASSACHUSETTS Republican Party is opposing a ballot question establishing ranked-choice voting, saying the measure would create “a confusing and destructive system completely at odds with our democracy.”
Ranked choice voting asks voters to rank candidates by preference. A candidate who gets a majority of first-place votes is the winner. If no one gets a majority, however, the last-place finisher is eliminated and voters’ second choices are applied to the remaining candidates. The process repeats until someone gets a majority.
Supporters say ranked-choice voting would end situations where a candidate wins in a crowded field with less than a majority of the overall vote. In the crowded Democratic primary race to replace Joe Kennedy III, for example, Jake Auchincloss won with 22.4 percent of the vote. Backers of ranked-choice voting also say it would discourage negative campaigning because victory may depend on appealing to voters who initially support rival candidates.
Critics say ranked-choice voting is too complicated and attempts to fix a problem that doesn’t really exist. They also don’t like the fact that someone could come in first on the original ballot and then lose as the field is winnowed down.
In Lyons’s email, he asked people to help raise awareness by handing out yard signs saying ,“No on 2, ranked choice is no choice.”