YDMA is proud to endorse the Voter Choice 2020 ballot initiative campaign. With ranked choice voting, voters are freed from having to act as political strategists, fretting about whether their vote could end up wasted if they vote for their most preferred candidate. Candidates with similar backgrounds or platforms are no longer at real or imagined risk of “splitting the vote,” encouraging a more diverse pool of candidates. And whoever wins in the end will command a majority support — a basic tenet of democracy.

Although ranked choice voting has long been used by various municipalities around the country, Maine became the first state to adopt ranked choice voting in 2016. It was voted into the Massachusetts Democratic Party platform in 2017. And in 2020, we’ll vote it into law.