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Nicholas Rowan of the Washington Examiner reports one Northeastern state’s potential change of a key voting procedure.

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    Nicholas Rowan of the Washington Examiner reports one Northeastern state's potential change of a key voting procedure.

  • Bay Staters are set to decide if the state will implement ranked-choice voting in most of its elections.
  • Ranked-choice voting, which would require people to cast ballots by listing candidates in order of favorite to least favorite, devises a method by which candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to declare victory. The Massachusetts version of the system, placed before voters in a ballot question this November, exempts presidential and some local elections from the system.
  • In the ranked-choice voting system, people cast their ballots, listing candidates in order of preference. If no candidate emerges with more than 50% of the vote, the ballots are examined again and the candidate who received the least amount of first-preference votes is removed from the running. Then, on any ballot which he or she topped the list, the second-preference candidate is bumped up to the first-preference slot. This process is repeated until one candidate secures more than 50% of the vote.
  • Proponents of ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts say that it allows voters more choices, especially in elections where a multitude of candidates present attractive campaigns. Voter Choice Massachusetts, the advocacy group leading the charge in favor of the measure, counters that the system is "simple, fair, and easy." Leading Democrats in the state have also spoken in favor of it, with Sen. Ed Markey calling it an "important reform."
  • "Ranked-choice voting will make sure that all candidates have a fighting chance," Markey said in a statement this summer.
  • Opponents argue that it undermines the principle of "one person, one vote." The Massachusetts Republican State Committee in October opposed the ballot question in a resolution, warning that ranked-choice voting is a "confusing voting system," which could open the "potential for rigging and gaming elections."

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