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This proposed law would implement a voting system known as “ranked-choice voting,” in which voters rank one or more candidates by order of preference. Ranked-choice voting would be used in primary and general elections for all Massachusetts statewide offices, state legislative offices, federal
congressional offices, and certain other offices beginning in 2022. Ranked-choice voting would not be used in elections for president, county commissioner, or regional district school committee member.

Under the proposed law, votes would be counted in a series of rounds. In the first round, if one candidate received more than 50 percent of the first-place votes, that candidate would be declared the winner and no other rounds would be necessary. If no candidate received more than 50 percent of the first-place votes, then the candidate or candidates who received the fewest first-place votes would be eliminated and, in the next round, each vote for an eliminated candidate would instead be counted toward the next highest-ranked candidate on that voter’s ballot. Depending on the number of candidates, additional rounds of counting could occur, with the last-place candidate or candidates in each round being eliminated and the votes for an eliminated candidate going to the voter’s
next choice out of the remaining candidates. A tie for last place in any round would be broken by comparing the tied candidates’ support in earlier rounds. Ultimately, the candidate who was, out of the remaining candidates, the preference of a majority of voters would be declared the winner.

Ranked-choice voting would be used only in races where a single candidate is to be declared the winner and not in races where more than one person is to be elected.

Under the proposed law, if no candidate received more than 50 percent of first-place votes in the first round, the rounds of ballot-counting necessary for ranked-choice voting would be conducted at a central tabulation facility. At the facility, voters’ rankings would be entered into a computer, which would then be used to calculate the results of each round of the counting process. The proposed law provides that candidates in a statewide or district election would have at least three days to request a recount.

The Secretary of State would be required to issue regulations to implement the proposed law and conduct a voter education campaign about the ranked choice voting process. The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 2022.

A YES VOTE would create a system of ranked-choice voting in which voters would have the option to rank candidates in order of preference and
votes would be counted in rounds, eliminating candidates with the lowest votes until one candidate has received a majority.
A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws governing voting and how votes are counted.

2020 Nov 3 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 2 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 5, 2020?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Spoiled Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
30,763
9,776
1,821
19
40,539
42,379
Precinct 1
 
880
415
79
1
1,295
1,375
Precinct 2
 
1,491
680
92
1
2,171
2,264
Precinct 3
 
899
445
109
1
1,344
1,454
Precinct 1
 
1,497
394
69
0
1,891
1,960
Precinct 2
 
1,851
362
82
1
2,213
2,296
Precinct 3
 
1,758
425
99
0
2,183
2,282
Precinct 1
 
1,449
444
98
2
1,893
1,993
Precinct 2
 
1,490
471
76
0
1,961
2,037
Precinct 3
 
1,812
448
87
3
2,260
2,350
Precinct 1
 
784
523
111
0
1,307
1,418
Precinct 2
 
1,122
475
100
1
1,597
1,698
Precinct 3
 
1,362
509
111
1
1,871
1,983
Precinct 1
 
1,568
562
80
1
2,130
2,211
Precinct 2
 
1,874
503
83
2
2,377
2,462
Precinct 3
 
1,850
427
60
1
2,277
2,338
Precinct 1
 
2,026
439
100
0
2,465
2,565
Precinct 2
 
1,873
387
75
1
2,260
2,336
Precinct 3
 
901
271
50
1
1,172
1,223
Precinct 1
 
1,740
474
58
0
2,214
2,272
Precinct 2
 
1,264
527
122
1
1,791
1,914
Precinct 3
 
1,272
595
80
1
1,867
1,948
Totals
 
30,763
9,776
1,821
19
40,539
42,379