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We're having a conversation that will transform democracy in Massachusetts.

Our democracy needs an upgrade.

Right now, Massachusetts has the fewest number of competitive elections compared to every other state in the nation [Source: Rick Holmes].

Good candidates are pressured to drop out of races so they don't "spoil" an election. Voters feel like they have fewer and worse choices. And many of our politicians are not working to make our democracy work better.

So we, the people, have to do it ourselves.

That's why we founded Citizens for Voter Choice. By upgrading our elections to a smarter ranked choice voting system, we'll get better candidates, we'll elect more accountable lawmakers, and we'll make Beacon Hill work the way it's supposed to.

We need your help, and we've made it easy for you to get involved. Start by signing up as a volunteer. Support our work with a financial contribution. Or, broadcast our work on the web.

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Action Alert: Tell your State Rep & Senator to support HD.02026

In January, we filed a bill in the State House known as the Instant Runoff Voting local option bill. The bill now resides in the Election Laws Committee. Ask your State Represenative and State Senator how they can help move this bill along. Look up your legislators »

In the News

Better runoff in an instant
By Adam Friedman - Boston Herald - February 25, 2011
Boston taxpayers, take heed: You just paid $29 per ballot to elect a city councilor. You probably could've used that extra money for a half-tank of gas, or a night out at your favorite restaurant. Instead, you spent an estimated... Read More »

Torn voters, let's rank those candidates
By Adam Friedman - Boston Globe - April 22, 2010
When is a democracy not a democracy? When a candidate wins an election with only 30 percent of the vote. Last Tuesday was just one more chilling example of the "spoiler effect"... Read More »

Cambridge Senate election illustrates tyranny of minority
By Adam Friedman - Cambridge Chronicle - April 22, 2010
When is a democracy not a democracy? When a candidate wins an election with only 30 percent of the vote. Last Tuesday was just one more chilling example of the "spoiler effect"... Read More »

Instant runoff voting gives voters more choices
By Shirley Kressel - South End News - February 4, 2010
On every political level, federal, state and local, this country is going through some extraordinary turmoil. The latest upset in the Massachusetts Senate election, throwing the "Kennedy seat"... Read More »

Activists Look To Changing MA Voting System (radio)
By Paul Tuthill - WAMC 98.1 Great Barrington, MA - October 13, 2009

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Instant runoff voting may be on the ballot in Massachusetts next year
By Stephanie Kraft - The Valley Advocate - October 1, 2009
There's a flaw in our election system that's frustrated thoughtful voters for a long time. It's the winner-take-all structure of our balloting: the fact that you find yourself having to worry about the "horse race" level of the election to feel that you're making your vote count, and the danger that a spoiler can steal votes from a more qualified candidate... Read More »

Like Hollywood, U.S. should update its voting system
By Blair Bobier - USA Today - September 23, 2009
Once upon a time, Hollywood cinematographers, disenchanted with black-and-white movies, embraced color film to more faithfully represent what they saw through the lenses of their cameras. Now Hollywood has taken an equally innovative step to represent the preferences of those who make the movies... Read More »

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts on Instant Runoff Voting
August 7, 2009
Voting systems should be easy to use, administer and understand, encourage high voter turnout, encourage real discussion on issues, promote minority representation, and encourage candidates to run... Read More »

And the Oscar for Best Voting System Goes to ... Instant Runoff Voting
By Rob Richie - Huffington Post - September 2, 2009
There's good news from Hollywood for electoral reformers ready to open up American elections to more choices and maximize turnout when people elect their leaders...Read More »

What is Ranked Choice Voting?
Ranked Choice Voting, which is also known as Instant Runoff Voting, would let voters rank candidates in order of preference (first, second, third, etc.) instead of being restricted to choosing only one candidate. If a voter's first choice is eliminated, their vote is automatically reassigned to their second choice, ensuring that no voter is "throwing their vote away" by voting for the candidate that represents their views, regardless of that candidate's chance of winning. More »

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