Frequently Asked Questions

I remember voting for / against something related to Ranked Choice Voting in 2020. What was that again? How is this different?

You're likely thinking of the 2020 statewide ballot question and campaign to enact Ranked Choice Voting for all state and federal elections in Massachusetts, excluding presidential elections. While the 2020 statewide ballot question did not pass, it did receive ~45% of the vote, making clear that a substantial number of Massachusetts voters across the political spectrum believe in RCV as a means of improving our democracy.

8,507 Melrosians voted "Yes" on the ballot question, while 8,806 voted "No", and 1,025 left the question blank. A full breakdown by ward / precinct can be found here.

Melrose for RCV is focused primarily on making a case for ranked choice voting to be used in Melrose's municipal elections, although it does also advocate for and discuss democracy in general.

Won't that elect more Democrats / Republicans / Socialists / Conservatives, etc?

Not if those candidates don't represent the majority of the voters in their community. There is nothing about Ranked Choice Voting that systematically benefits one party or ideology. This is not about political parties, this is about The People. This is about representation and good governance.

Where else is Ranked Choice Voting used?

A full map of where Ranked Choice Voting is used can be found here.