August 11, 2023 ·
A new coalition is launching a campaign to move to ranked-choice voting in Boston’s municipal elections.
Ranked-choice voting allows voters to rank multiple candidates on a ballot instead of selecting just one; if no candidate wins a majority of ballots cast, votes for candidates with the least support get reassigned, in the order of each voter’s ranked choices, until there is a winner.
Supporters of ranked-choice voting argue it allows for a more diverse group of elected officials and helps ensure the candidate with the broadest appeal wins.
“This is a real opportunity to remove just one more barrier, strengthen our democracy, opening up the door and giving access to as many people as possible,” said Cheryl Crawford, a co-chair of Ranked Choice Boston and executive director of MassVote.