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Ranked-choice voting among 2 questions on November ballot

Jodi Reed

BOSTON (WWLP) – The general election is only 53 days away.

Voters in the Commonwealth are split right down the middle on a question that would completely change the structure of our state elections.

Question 2 on the November ballot has to do with ranked-choice voting. A “yes” vote on question 2 would approve a system where you rank candidates in the order that you would elect them in.

So, say there are five candidates on the ballot, you would put a number 1 next to your first pick, a 2 next to your second, and so on. Supporters of ranked-choice voting say it would ensure that whoever wins has majority support.

“If you implement a system like ranked-choice voting there’s more competition, there are more people running for office and there’s more [likely] that an incumbent will lose,” Alex Psilakis told 22News.

Currently, Maine is the only state that uses ranked-choice voting for all of their state elections.

The town of Amherst just passed ranked-choice voting for all of their local elections, making them the second municipality after Cambridge to do so in Massachusetts.

This story originally appeared on 22 News. Check it out here!

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