July 14, 2023 · New campaign will push for a home rule:
Bostonians already gave the green light to ranked-choice voting in 2020, voting in favor of an ultimately doomed statewide ballot initiative that would have introduced the practice. The city might yet get another bite at the ranked-choice apple.
A coalition will launch a new campaign this August – an education and advocacy effort pushing for the next Boston City Council class and the mayor to pass a home rule petition in 2024 that would change Boston’s existing election structure to a ranked-choice process. If the State House then signs off on it, of course.
“Too often we accept the fact that our elections are won with a very small number of votes, and that person gets to fulfill the election season with 20 percent of the vote,” said Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, executive director of MassVOTE, on the Codcast. “That’s ridiculous.” The current system means “people tune out,” said Crawford, who is co-chairing the Ranked Choice Boston campaign along with Boston NAACP president Tanisha Sullivan.