“Yes on 2” Campaign to Bring Ranked Choice Voting to Massachusetts Election Underline a new Spectrum News / Ipsos poll Friday that showed an 11-point advantage before election day. Forty-five percent of poll respondents said they supported the Ballot 2 question, while 34% opposed it.
Twenty-one percent of voters polled were undecided.
“Volunteers in this grassroots campaign have the most important thing a campaign needs in its dying days: momentum,” said Cara McCormick, campaign manager for “Yes on 2”. “Ranked choice voting gives voters more power. This will help strengthen our democracy at a time when we need it most. “
The “Yes to 2” campaign has built a strong network of multi-party support, including a roster of co-chairs including a former Republican governor, Bill Weld, and a former Democratic governor, Deval Patrick. The listing also includes:
- Former US Treasury Secretary and Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence H Summers;
- Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Murphy Healey;
- James Bryant Conant University at Harvard University Professor Danielle Allen;
- Michael Porter, professor at Harvard Business School;
- President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP, Tanisha M Sullivan;
- Bain Capital co-chair Steve Pagliuca;
- Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich;
- A handful of state legislators;
- And more
The Ranked Choice Voting Campaign also released a new 30 second TV commercial highlighting its many endorsements, and key points on what the alternative voting method has to offer voters and how it improves the electoral process.
Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference and uses an instant, automatic second-round system until a candidate gains majority support. The positive impact it has on electoral competition, voter turnout and the reduction of negative campaigns is wwell documented.